USS Isle Royale (AD-29) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Isle Royale is a Shenandoah-class destroyer tender launched on September 19, 1945. It was commissioned on June 9, 1962 with the hull number AD-29 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 11, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 977 people onboard and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Long Beach, California, Vietnam or the Subic Bay. Since asbestos was a very popular building material at the time, it was also present on the USS Isle Royale. Therefore, numerous people serving on it were heavily exposed to the carcinogen. For instance, a veteran recalls putting down asbestos on the hull and sides of the ship during the summer of 1966. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 15, 1976 and sold for scrapping to Waterman Supply Corporation. For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War, the USS Isle Royale received one battle star. 

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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Shipmates on USS Isle Royale (AD-29)


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