USS Shangri-La (CV/CVA/CVS-38) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Shangri-La was designed to be an Essex-class aircraft carrier and had the hull number CV-38. The ship was built in Portsmouth, Virginia, and transported almost 3,500 men aboard. It was 888 feet long and held between 90 and 100 aircraft. It was commissioned in 1940 and was in active service for 31 years, before being decommissioned in 1971. During the time the ship was being built, the use of asbestos in vessel equipment was very common. A very large part of the ship including turbines, electrical components, and valves and so on contained asbestos, which led to the contamination of the crew. Although manufacturers knew about this danger, no one ever mentioned about the future risks the crew was exposed to. For this reason, veterans who suffer now from diseases like mesothelioma are entitled to sue those companies that provided the US Navy the contaminated products in order to receive compensation for their suffering.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

Shipmates on USS Shangri-La (CV/CVA/CVS-38)

DEAN R. AB-HUGH

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EMIL J. ADAMS

unknown age

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HERBERT H. ADAMS JR

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

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