USS Sutton (DE-771) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Sutton (DE-771) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on August 23, 1943, and launched on August 6, 1944. It was commissioned on December 22, 1944, under Lt. T. W. Nazro’s command with the hull number DE-771 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on March 19, 1948. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Boston, Maine, Argentia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, New York, and Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to South Korea where it was renamed ROKS Kang Won (F-72). Because of its high heat tolerance, asbestos was used as the insulation material of choice for a variety of equipment prior to the 1970s and implemented in a number of U.S. Navy ships and naval yards. If you worked as a marine plumber, insulator, machinist’s mate, boiler technician, or pipefitter, and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, compensation from an asbestos claim can cover many costs, such as medical bills, and travel costs to medical appointments.

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Shipmates on USS Sutton (DE-771)