USS Wisconsin (BB-64) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Wisconsin (BB-64) was an Iowa-class battleship laid down on January 25, 1941, and launched on December 7, 1943. It was commissioned on April 16, 1944, with the hull number BB-64 and served in the US Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned on September 30, 1991. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on March 17, 2006, and subsequently used as a museum ship at Nauticus. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Wisconsin received 5 battle stars and another one for the Korean War. Asbestos is one of the most common and most hazardous materials found onboard Navy ships used between World War II and the late-1970s. On a Navy vessel, asbestos exposure was not limited to one specific area. Pump rooms, engine and boiler rooms, damage control areas, propulsion rooms, plotting rooms, powder, and shot magazines, were areas with a high risk of asbestos exposure on Navy ships. Medium asbestos risk areas include ward rooms, turrets, and low asbestos risk areas include crew berthing space, junior officers quarters, open bridge, pilothouse, captain’s sea cabin, reefer, mess deck, and chain locker.

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Shipmates on USS Wisconsin (BB-64)

wilton l. atkinson

mcmillan baggett

raymond paul barton

charles henry becker

david spencer bill

jerome robert black

john henry chaisson

james edward cluck

ronald t. crandall

elwood d. ehrgott

paul eaton towle

james garland ripley