The USS Nespelen (AOG-55) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on August 28, 1944, and launched on April 10, the following year. It was commissioned on August 9, 1945, under Lt. Thomas W. Purcell’s command with the hull number AOG-55 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years until it was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1975. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 124 people on board and had its main missions in Havana, Guantanamo Bay, Algiers, Marseilles, Malta, Tripoli, Iskenderun and Naples. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrap to Union Minerals & Alloys in 1976. If you or a fellow service member believes that you were exposed to asbestos during the military service, you are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims. Navy jobs with likelihoods for asbestos exposure include ship, aircraft or submarine members, boiler operators, demolition specialists, hull technicians, machinists, mechanics, pipefitters, and welders.