HMAS Brisbane (D-41) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The HMAS Brisbane (D-41) was a Perth-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on February 15, 1965, and launched on May 5, the following year. It was commissioned on December 16, 1967, with the hull number D-41 and served in the US Navy for 34 years until it was decommissioned on October 19, 2001. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Vietnam, South East Asia, and Australia. After the decommissioning, the ship sank following a few training exercises in Mudjimba in 2005. For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War and Kuwait situation, the HMAS Brisbane (D-41) received 2 battle honors and the Meritorious Unit Citation.

Veterans that were active on duty have had to spend their day-to-day activities in a toxic environment due to their constant exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous mineral classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Veterans with mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer can recover compensation from the asbestos trust funds and VA disability benefits.

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Shipmates on HMAS Brisbane (D-41)