USS Gary (DE-61) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Gary (DE-61) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on January 16, 1943, and launched on May 1, the same year. It was transferred to the United Kingdom on August 4 and renamed HMS Duckworth, K351. After the war ended, the ship was transferred to the U.S. Navy and was scrapped in 1946.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and is the only known cause of asbestosis and mesothelioma. The more you are exposed to asbestos and the more fibers that enter your body, the more likely you are to develop asbestos-related health issues. While there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, people who are exposed more frequently over a long period of time, such as Navy veterans, are more at risk.

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