The USS Pecatonica (AOG-57) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on December 6, 1944, and launched on March 17, the following year. It was commissioned for the first time on November 28, 1945, with the hull number AOG-57 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 60 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on April 1, 2005. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 124 people on board and had its main missions in New Orleans, Virginia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Norfolk, the Republic of China, and Kaohsiung. After serving for the U.S. Navy, the ship was loaned to the Republic of China in 1970, where it was renamed ROCS Chang Pei.
The Navy used asbestos as insulation and fire-retardant for piping, boilers, electrical fixtures, and other materials. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Pecatonica (AOG-57), you probably found our website because you need help. We are a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide quality assistance to veterans who served on asbestos-contaminated vessels and shipyards across the U.S.