USS Interdictor (AGR-13) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Interdictor (AGR-13) was a radar picket ship belonging to the Guardian-class that was acquired by the US Navy in 1957 from the reserve fleet to be used as a radar picket ship as part of the Distant Early Warning Line in the Pacific Ocean. The ship was launched as Liberty Ship SS Edwin H. Duff by J.A. Jones Construction Company in Panama City, Florida. During World War II, the ship carried aircraft, and then it was placed in the reserve fleet at James River, Virginia where it remained until it was acquired by the Navy in 1957. After its conversion, the ship was fitted with radar and tracking equipment and sailed for San Francisco, California where it carried out its radar picket duties for the US Navy and later, for the Continental Air Defense Command until it was decommissioned in August 1965. Since asbestos was very popular during the middle of the last century, the mineral was lurking in the wall insulation of the USS Interdictor (AGR-13), which put the health of those serving on it at great risk. We strongly encourage veterans who were present on this ship to undergo periodical medical examinations to ensure the asbestos fibers they breathed in have not affected their lungs.

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Shipmates on USS Interdictor (AGR-13)

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vincent c. kneizys

jesus marilao macam

milo d. neve