USS Essex

Information about asbestos exposure on the USS Essex

USS Essex (CVS 9) (ex-CVA 9) - Navy ASW Support Aircraft Carrier

Classification: ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Support Aircraft Carrier

Status: Disposed of by Navy Sale

Fleet: Pacific/7th/Atlantic/6th/2nd

Launch Date: 7/31/1942
Commission Date: 12/31/1942
Decommission Date: 6/30/1969

The USS Essex was a highly decorated aircraft carrier used in World War II and Korea and a key player in several victorious battles, including sinking eight Japanese ships which constitutes the most formidable carrier striking force to date. On November 25, 1944, she received a kamikaze hit on her port side flight deck which resulted in 15 deaths and 44 injuries. She also withstood several typhoons during the war, however she never wavered and finished out the war with pride. She participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis Blockade and also helped with the Apollo 7 recovery. The USS Essex received the Presidental Unit Citation and 13 battle stars for her World War II service and four battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for her Korean War service.

Aircraft Carriers are war ships that are structured to deploy and recover aircraft. They are essentially traveling airbases that have been serving the Navy for one hundred years. These ships are very important to the Navy, and played a major role in World War II. Typically they are considered the capital ship of the fleet and are very expensive to build and maintain there are only twenty one currently operating throughout the world. Often called "floating cities" aircraft carries lack the fire power of other types of ships and are usually accompanied by several other ships in the fleet for protection. Unfortunately, while serving their country, these men were exposed to asbestos while on board aircraft carriers. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping aboard these vessels.

Anyone who served on an aircraft carrier should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.

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