USS Haines (DE-792/APD-84) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Haines (DE-792/APD-84)

The USS Haines (DE-792/APD-84) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on May 17, 1943, and launched on August 26, the same year. It was commissioned on December 27, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Elmer C. Powell’s command with the hull number DE-792 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 29, 1946. Meanwhile, the ship was reclassified as a high-speed transport with the hull number APD-84. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Rhode Island, Alexandria, southern France, Naples, Oran, Guam, and Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 1, 1960. One year later, it was sold for scrapping to the North American Smelting Company in Wilmington, Delaware. Seemingly miraculous, asbestos quickly became integral to the construction, industrial, and shipbuilding industries, and was commonly found in factories, construction sites, and shipyards all over the country. By the 1970s, researchers identified asbestos fibers as the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer, a rare and deadly disease with no cure. However, many years may pass before you notice mesothelioma symptoms. This delay can create a major challenge for mesothelioma victims and their families.

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Shipmates on USS Haines (DE-792/APD-84)