USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)

The USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is a Nimitz-class supercarrier laid down on September 6, 2003, and launched on October 9, 2006. It was commissioned on January 10, 2009, under Rear Admiral Nora Tyson’s command with the hull number CVN-77 and it is still serving in the U.S. Navy. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 3,200 people on board and 90 aircraft and had its main missions in Stokes Bay, Portsmouth, Naples, Norfolk, the Strait of Gibraltar, Piraeus, southern Turkey, Suez Canal, and the Persian Gulf. Mesothelioma is a devastating form of cancer that can significantly impact its victims and their families. This disease is exclusively caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos, which is naturally occurring and was used for many years as a cheap insulator and fire retardant throughout many different industries, including the shipyard industry. Although the health hazards of asbestos exposure were documented early in the 20th century, hundreds of companies continued to use asbestos and asbestos-containing products knowingly or negligently exposing millions of shipyard workers increasing their risk for mesothelioma.

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Shipmates on USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)