Written By: Camryn Keeble

Asbestos on Navy Cruisers

The United States Navy’s cruisers are large and heavily armed warships. They are designed to be versatile with the ability to perform a variety of roles in a naval task force. However, many Navy cruisers were built with asbestos, a toxic substance capable of causing cancer in veterans. Due to the widespread use of asbestos throughout cruisers, many Navy veterans were likely exposed to asbestos and may be at risk for developing serious illnesses.

Retired LCDR Carl Jewett

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Retired LCDR Carl Jewett

VA-Accredited Claims Agent

Hazards of Asbestos on Navy Cruisers

The U.S. Navy’s cruisers have played a crucial role in projecting American power around the globe and in various military conflicts throughout history. With their versatility and firepower, these warships have been instrumental in shaping the outcome of many battles. Despite the impressive functionality of Navy cruisers, these ships and the volume of asbestos built into them may be the cause of many Veterans’ health problems and illnesses, especially the rare cancer known as mesothelioma

Asbestos was widely used throughout construction and other industries during the 1900s. It was relatively inexpensive to purchase, heat resistant and durable, which made it a suitable material for the construction of Navy ships. Shipbuilders included asbestos in various components during construction, including the engine rooms and boilers, electrical insulation, pipe insulation, deck tiles, main engines, HPACs, ductwork, cement, gaskets and many others. 

Due to the frequent use of asbestos throughout the military, one of the most common methods of asbestos exposure is military asbestos exposure. If you are a Navy veteran who served on a Navy cruiser, you may have been exposed to asbestos on your cruiser. Contact our VA-Accredited Claims Agent, retired LCDR Carl Jewett, to find out more information or for assistance filing your VA claim.

History of Navy Cruisers

During World War II, U.S. Navy cruisers played a pivotal role in protecting Allied shipping lanes, screening the fast carrier attack forces and providing fire support for amphibious assaults. Their heavy armament, including guns and torpedoes, made them a formidable opponent against enemy surface ships and submarines.

In the post-World War II era, U.S. Navy cruisers continued to play an important role in power projection, particularly during the Cold War. These warships were deployed to hotspots around the world, including the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War, to provide support for ground troops and to conduct naval operations.

Beyond their military capabilities, U.S. Navy cruisers have also been used to project American power around the world. In peacetime, these warships have conducted port visits to foreign countries, engaging in cultural exchanges and strengthening diplomatic ties. Their continued deployment around the world is a testament to their effectiveness and versatility in a wide range of military operations.

Sources & Author

  1. USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5) at sea in the early 1960s. Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38966114. Accessed: 09/05/2023.
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About the Writer, Camryn Keeble

Camryn Keeble is the senior content writer and editor for Mesothelioma Guide. She creates informative content to educate mesothelioma patients and their loved ones on news, treatments and more. She also works diligently to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure and the effects of mesothelioma.