USS Baham (AG-71) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Baham was a miscellaneous auxiliary ship belonging to the Basilan-class that was commissioned by the US Navy for World War II service. The ship was laid down by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company under a MARCOM contract in November 1943 at Jacksonville, Florida. Once it was delivered to the Navy, the ship was sent to Charleston Navy Yard for conversion to a repair, distilling, and stores issue ship and then it was commissioned with Lieutenant Gavin L. Field in command. After its training in the Chesapeake Bay, the ship left for Panama Canal Zone and further headed for Hawaii where it suffered more conversion work. Once it was fitted with repair electronic equipment, the ship was put to sea and sent in the Central Pacific. The USS Baham arrived in the Ulithi Atoll, its first duty station, in January 1945 and began its repair duties as part of the Service Squadron 10. The vessel also suffered damage as a result of a kamikaze attack, which destroyed its main weapon, leaving it extremely vulnerable while engaging in several battles with Japanese aerial forces during the following months. After its repairs, the ship was sent to its new duty station at Leyte in the Philippines. Here, the ship was mostly busy with repairing ships damaged by typhoons rather than enemy fire. The USS Baham remained at Leyte for a month before heading back to the Central Pacific. After Japan’s surrender, the vessel headed to Tokyo Bay to report for station ship and staff duty, which lasted less than 6 months. In March 1946, the vessel sailed for San Francisco, California and later, Pearl Harbor to be placed out of commission. It was placed in the reserve fleet at Suisun Bay, California, where it remained until it was sold for scrapping in 1972.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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