USS Cybele (AKS-10) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Cybele (AKS-10), an Acubens-class general stores issue ship was commissioned by the U.S. Navy for World War II service. The ship was used to deliver and disburse goods and equipment to Pacific war zone locations. The asbestos-containing products such as boiler and steam pipe insulation, fireproofing material for bulkheads, brake linings in winches, and gaskets of valves and pipe fixtures were used extensively on Liberty ships. On October 9, 1944, the ship was launched as SS William Hackett by Delta Shipbuilding Co., under a Maritime Commission contract and was transferred to the Navy on November 14, 1944. After its transformation as a General Stores Issue Ship at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., the ship was commissioned and assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 195 men on board and it had the main missions in Bayonne, Pearl Harbor, San Pedro Bay, Tokyo Bay, Samar, and Tsingtao. Following World War II, the USS Cybele (AKS-10) was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Cybele received 6 honor medals. On August 22, 1946, the ship was decommissioned at Pearl Harbor and was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia and finally scrapped in April 1965.


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Shipmates on USS Cybele (AKS-10)