USS Keosanqua (ATA-198) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Keosanqua (ATA-198) was a United States Navy Maricopa-class auxiliary fleet tug. On 15 May 1944, the ship was approved as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-125 and renamed Auxiliary Fleet Tug USS ATA-198. It was laid down at Levingston Shipbuilding Co. in Orange, Texas on 17 January 1945, launched on 17 January 1945, and commissioned on 19 March 1945 under the leadership of Lieutenant J. L. Bean. Following its return from the western Pacific in 1955, the USS Keosanqua (ATA-198) operated out of San Diego, California, until 25 May 1956, when it was decommissioned and assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet. On 1 May 1961, it was stricken from the Navy List. Because asbestos was widely used in shipyards in the United States during the mid-twentieth century, it was present in large quantities and in a lot of different places on the USS Beale (DD-471) including boiler rooms, engine rooms, navigation rooms, weapons, and ammunition storage rooms, and even mess halls and sleeping quarters. It is important to see your doctor if you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Keosanqua (ATA-198). You may still be at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.

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Shipmates on USS Keosanqua (ATA-198)

allen e. linehan

donald h. nelson