The USS Admiralty Islands (CVE-99) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on February 26, 1944, and launched on May 10, the same year. It was commissioned on June 13, 1944, with the hull number CVE-99 under Capt. M. E. A. Gouin’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 24, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board and had its main missions in San Diego, San Francisco, Eniwetok, the Marshalls, Manus, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, San Pedro, and Ulithi.
Because of its unique physical and chemical properties, asbestos was used widely in building Navy ships during World War II. Asbestos-containing materials could be found in nearly every part of each ship from boiler rooms to sleeping quarters. The constant repairs or renovations of the ships favored the release of asbestos fibers into the air, increasing the exposure and the risk of Navy servicemen developing severe asbestos-related conditions. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Admiralty Islands (CVE-99), you should make an appointment with your doctor at your earliest convenience.