USS Shasta (AE-6) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Shasta (AE-6) was a Lassen-class ammunition ship laid down on August 12, 1940, and launched on July 9, 1941. It was commissioned on January 20, 1942, for the first time under Capt. Francis A. Smith's command and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned in 1946. The name Shasta comes from a volcano located in the Cascade Range, north of California. Most of its missions were in Western Pacific to supply the Battle Fleet with ammunition. This ship was extremely important because it managed to accomplish the first underway replenishment of ammunition. For the service brought to the USA, the USS Shasta received 5 battle stars for the activity during World War II and one for the Vietnam War. The irritation caused by asbestos in and around organs can produce damage to the DNA and significant inflammation. Over time, the formation of tumors can develop in the peritoneum (abdominal cavity) and pleura (lungs). Navy jobs with a likelihood of exposure include boiler technicians, damage controlmen, electrician’s mates, fire control technicians, gunner’s mates, hull maintenance technicians, machinery repairmen, pipefitters, radiomen, seabees, and welders.

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Shipmates on USS Shasta (AE-6)