USS Hunt (DD-674) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Hunt (DD-674) was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy. It was launched by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny, N.J., on 1 August 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Henry Kent Hewitt, wife of Vice Admiral Hewitt, and granddaughter of the namesake; and commissioned on 22 September 1943, with Commander Frank P. Mitchell in command. The ship entered Pearl Harbor on 24 December 1943 and joined Vice Adm. Marc A. Mitscher's Fast Carrier Task Force operating as a part of the antisubmarine screen for a task group that included the aircraft carriers Essex (CV-9), Intrepid (CV-11), and Cabot (CVL-28). When asbestos fibers are inhaled into the lungs, they can cause health problems years down the line. Since the body is not able to expel these fibers easily, they can remain indefinitely. Their presence interrupts the normal cell cycle, leading to inflammation, scarring, and uncontrollable cell division, and resulting in conditions such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other cancers. Sometimes these conditions only develop years or even decades after the initial exposure occurs. If you’re a Navy veteran who has been exposed to asbestos onboard the USS Hunt (DD-674), we can put you in touch with experienced attorneys that will help you find out what compensation you're eligible for.

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Shipmates on USS Hunt (DD-674)