USS Perdido (CVE-47) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Perdido (CVE-47) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on February 1, 1943, and launched on June 16, the same year. It was commissioned on January 31, 1944, as HMS Trouncer with the hull number D-85 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 2 years until it was returned to the US Navy on March 2, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 12, 1946, and sold for scrapping in 1973 in Taiwan.

Although fire and engine rooms aboard ships typically had the highest exposure because of the asbestos-containing insulation products necessary in these high-heat areas, no area was considered safe. Navy personnel most commonly exposed to asbestos include ship insulators, boiler technicians, enginemen, machinist mates, pipefitters, shipfitters, and electricians.

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