USS Roxane (AKA-37) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Roxane (AKA-37)

The USS Roxane (AKA-37) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on December 1, 1944, and launched on February 14, 1945. It was commissioned on March 12, 1945, under Comdr. James Stone's command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on June 3, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, the Philippine Islands, Saipan, Okinawa, Sasebo, San Francisco, Manila, Ulithi, Yokosuka, and Mitsugahama and it participated only in World War II. After decommissioning, the USS Roxane was struck from the Naval Register on July 3, 1946, and it was scrapped in 1996. Asbestos was used in more than 300 products commonly found aboard every ship built and used between World War II and the late- 1970s. When the materials containing asbestos are damaged, disturbed, or break down, toxic fibers enter the atmosphere. Asbestos fibers can remain suspended in the air and enter your lungs when you inhale and carried into the lower regions of the lung where they can cause fibrotic lung disease and cell damage.

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Shipmates on USS Roxane (AKA-37)