The USS Heywood (APA-6) was a Heywood-class attack transport commissioned on November 7, 1940, under Captain Herbert B. Knowles’ command, with the hull number APA-6 and it served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on April 12, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 550 people on board and had its main missions in Panama, Norfolk, San Pedro, Wellington, Guadalcanal, Kiska, Attu, Tarawa, and Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping in 1956. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Heywood received 7 battle stars.
One of the materials found onboard Navy ships that possess the greatest risk to long-term health was asbestos. Examples of items containing asbestos on a vessel: fire blankets, insulation material, ropes, brake linings, ceiling cladding, and electrical fuses. High asbestos risk areas include engine and boiler rooms, damage control area, pump room, crew berthing space, mess deck, and wardroom.