USS Hanson DD/DDR-832 Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Hanson DD/DDR-832

The USS Hanson (DD/DDR-832) was a Gearing-class destroyer launched in 1945 and commissioned in the same year. After shakedown, the ship was converted to a picket destroyer and sailed for Tokyo as part of a twelve-ship squadron. In 1949, she was designated DDR-832, radar picket destroyer. The vessel participated in the Korean War in two deployments as part of TF77, together with 300 other warships. The ship was redesignated DD-832 and underwent a Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization conversion in 1964. She rejoined the Pacific Fleet the same year and shelled enemy targets in the Vietnam War in three deployments. In the following years, the vessel refueled helicopters, provided gunfire support, and trailed Soviet vessels. In 1972, she was part of operations in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Battle of Mộ Đức. The USS Hanson was decommissioned, stricken from the register in 1973, and transferred to the Republic of China. Due to its insulating properties, asbestos has been used in boilers, steam and hot water pipe wrappings, and nuclear reactors in ships built before the 1980s. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the US Navy and developed an illness related to it, you may qualify for compensation from asbestos trust funds and the VA.

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Shipmates on USS Hanson DD/DDR-832