The USS Mazama (AE-9) was a Lassen-class ammunition ship. It was laid down on April 14, 1942, and launched on August 15, 1943. The ship was commissioned on March 10, 1944, under Comdr. P.V.R. Harris' command. It served for 2 years while it helped at the liberation of the Philippines until it was decommissioned for the first time on August 3, 1946. On April 24, 1952, after 6 years of inactivity, the USS Mazama was commissioned again and it was assigned to Atlantic Fleet, operating off the east coast and serving in the US Navy along with the 6th Fleet. Asbestos is a term for several different groups of naturally occurring minerals that were once mined and used in all classes of U.S. Navy vessels during the World War II era, because of its unique high-temperature resiliency and nearly indestructible qualities. If you served in the U.S. Navy between the 1930s and the 1980s and have questions about exposure to asbestos and what steps need to be taken, please give us a call.