USS Tarawa (CV/CVA/CVS-40, AVT-12) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Another ship which is likely to have contained asbestos in its components is USS Tarawa, an Essex-class Aircraft Carrier, built in Portsmouth, Virginia, with the hull number CV-40. It was commissioned in 1945 and was in active service for 15 years before being decommissioned in 1960. The ship measured 888 feet in length and carried almost 3,500 men and between 90 and 100 aircraft. Considering the period when the ship was built, it is likely that many veterans who served on board to suffer from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. During 1930 and 1970, companies that built vessel equipment used asbestos, a poisonous material, very commonly used for the US Navy ships. Spaces that contained the highest concentrations of asbestos were the engine and boiler rooms, which were poorly ventilated. Thus, once inhaled the contaminated air, it causes serious problems in the lung area. Unfortunately, companies that provided these poisoned products decided to remain silent and, accordingly, many people are sick now.  They have the right to sue them in order to receive compensation for the costs spent with their disease.

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

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Shipmates on USS Tarawa (CV/CVA/CVS-40, AVT-12)


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