USS Algorab (AKA-8) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Algorab (AKA-8)

The USS Algorab (AKA-8) was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship laid down on August 10, 1938, and launched on June 15, 1941, with the hull number AKA-25. It was commissioned on June 15, 1941, under Comdr. Thomas B. Inglis’ command and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on December 3, 1945. It carried a complement of 397 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Newfoundland, Norfolk, the Caribbean, San Juan, Guantanamo Bay, North Africa, New Caledonia, Espiritu Santo, Solomon Islands, Hollandia, Leyte, Okinawa, and Saipan. On February 1, 1943, the ship was reclassified as an attack transport, with the hull number AKA-8. It was struck from the Naval Register on December 19, 1945. For many years, asbestos has been widely used in the shipbuilding industry because of its flexibility, durability, and resistance to heat, fire, electrical current, and chemicals. Inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers can cause an individual to develop a number of serious and life-threatening diseases, even years or decades after exposure. To maximize the likelihood of gathering the necessary evidence, we encourage you to contact a lawyer and start your asbestos claim process.

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Shipmates on USS Algorab (AKA-8)