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Merchant Marine Ships Mesothelioma

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Asbestos Use in Merchant Marine Ships

U.S. Merchant Marine Ships contained more than 300 asbestos-containing products and materials that were used regularly in the constructions of ships until 1980. Thousands of military veterans served on U. S. Navy ships with the peak exposure years from 1940-1980.  


There are approximately 25 million veterans in the United States. Veterans exposed to asbestos are at risk of developing Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The latency period for asbestos cancer can be 10-50 years after your initial exposure. 


1 out of 3 veterans will develop an asbestos-related disease in their lifetime.

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Asbestos Products in Merchant Marine Ships

Asbestos products onboard Merchant Marine Ships included insulation, pipes, boilers, cement, sealers, gaskets, cables, tubes, valves, electrical fixtures, wiring, pumps, decking, paints, non-skid flooring, and in bulk headwalls, ship hulls, mess halls, engine rooms, navigation rooms, and sleeping quarters.


Navy personnel most at risk include boilermakers, electrician's mates, enginemen, demolition workers, machinist mates, mechanics, metalsmiths, repairmen, pipefitters, ship fitters, technicians, welders, and civilian contractors.

Mesothelioma Causes and Asbestos Exposure

What Causes Mesothelioma?


The cause of Mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos materials and products. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly type of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, stomach (abdomen), and the heart sac. When a person breathes, inhales, or ingests microscopic asbestos fibers they can stay dormant in the body for 10-50 years before manifesting cancer symptoms.


Who is Most Likely to Get Mesothelioma?


The average age of a person diagnosed with Mesothelioma is 69 years old. People most likely to get diagnosed with Mesothelioma have worked around asbestos or may have done the laundry for a worker that was exposed. 

About 3,500 people will be diagnosed with malignant Mesothelioma each year in the U. S., and more than 15,000 Americans will be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease (asbestos lung cancer, asbestosis). 


Veterans exposed to asbestos are seven times more likely to die of an Asbestos caused disease than the general population.

List of U. S. Merchant Marine Ships

Merchant Marine Ships


USNS Albert M Boe – [T-AKV-6]

USNS Cardinal O\’Connell – [T-AKV-7]

USNS LT. James E. Robinson – [T-AKV-3]

USNS Pvt Joseph F. Merrell – [T-AKV-4]

USNS Sgt Jack J. Pendelton – [T-AKV-5]

USS Badoeng Strait – [AKV-16]

USS Bairoko – [AKV-15]

USS Block Island – [AKV-38]

USS Bougainville – [AKV-35]

USS Breton – [AKV-42]

USS Cape Gloucester – [AKV-9]

USS Card – [AKV-40]

USS Commencement Bay – [AKV-37]

USS Core – [AKV-41]

USS Croatan – [AKV-43]

USS Gilbert Islands – [AKV-39]

USS Hammondsport – [AKV-2]

USS Hoggatt Bay – [AKV-25]

USS Hollandia – [AKV-33]

USS Kadashan Bay – [AKV-26]

USS Kitty Hawk – [AKV-1]

USS Kula Gulf – [AKV-8]

USS Kwajalein – [AKV-34]

USS Lunga Point – [AKV-32]

USS Marcus Island – [AKV-27]

USS Matanikau – [AKV-36]

USS Mindoro – [AKV-20]

USS Nehenta Bay – [AKV-24]

USS Palau – [AKV-22]

USS Point Cruz – [AKV-19]

USS Puget Sound – [AKV-13]

USS Rabaul – [AKV-21]

USS Rendova – [AKV-14]

USS Rudyerd Bay – [AKV-29]

USS Saidor – [AKV-17]

USS Salerno Bay – [AKV-10]

USS Savo Island – [AKV-28]

USS Siboney – [AKV-12]

USS Sicily – [AKV-18]

USS Sitkoh Bay – [AKV-30]

USS Takanis Bay – [AKV-31]

USS Tinian – [AKV-23]

USS Vella Gulf – [AKV-11]


List of Duties on Merchant Marine Ships with Asbestos Exposure


Assembling,  Binding,  Buffing,  Changing,  Chipping,  Cleaning,  Coating,  Covering,  Crushing,  Cutting,  Demonstrating,  Designing,  Developing,  Digging,  Dismantling,  Drilling,  Examining,  Filling,  Fitting,  Fixing,  Folding,  Measuring   Mixing   Modifying   Mounting   Moving   Observing   Operating   Overhauling,  Packaging,  Grinding,  Helping,  Inserting,  Inspecting,  Instructing,  Investigating,  Laboring,  Lining,  Loading,  Painting,  Piling,  Pouring,  Prepping 

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations

Statutes of Limitations is the time a Mesothelioma victim has to file a lawsuit. 


The Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma and asbestos exposure varies from state to state.


The Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma begins when a person is either diagnosed or dies, not the date of their exposure.


An experienced Mesothelioma attorney can help you file a claim before your Statutes of Limitations expires.

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30 Billion in Asbestos Trust Funds!

Mesothelioma Cancer and Asbestos Trust Funds

Veterans Mesothelioma Diagnosis & Asbestos Trust Funds

Asbestos manufacturers of products and materials have admitted fault and set up trust funds to compensate workers for their asbestos exposure. There are more than 30 billion dollars in asbestos trust funds for patients diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer, asbestos lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases. If you know someone who has Mesothelioma, contact us to learn more about your legal rights for asbestos compensation.


Veterans diagnosed with  Mesothelioma have legal rights and may be eligible to recover compensation from negligent asbestos companies and asbestos trust funds. Get a free consultation from an experienced Mesothelioma lawyer to know if you have a valid legal claim today.

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Veterans and Mesothelioma

Navy Mesothelioma

US Navy, Naval Navy Mesothelioma Asbestos Claims

Navy veterans account for 16 percent of all asbestos-related lung diseases.


Air Force Mesothelioma

USAF, Air Force Mesothelioma Asbestos Claims

Asbestos materials were used to build aircraft and construct Air Force bases.

Army Mesothelioma

US Army, Army Mesothelioma Asbestos Claims

Asbestos was used in thousands of Army vehicles, brakes, gaskets and insulation.

Coast Guard Mesothelioma

USCG, Coast Guard Mesothelioma Asbestos Claims

The Coast Guard used the same asbestos-containing equipment as the Navy

U. S. Marines Mesothelioma

USMC, U. S. Marine Corps Mesothelioma Asbestos Claims

American Cancer Society report - Asbestos was found in old Marine Corps barracks.

Retired Veterans

Retired Veterans, Vets Mesothelioma Asbestos Claims

There are 21.5 million living veterans that served in the U. S. military forces.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Why You Need a Lawyer

Mesothelioma Lawyers Attorneys, Attys, Attornies

An experienced Mesothelioma lawyer will get you a larger settlement! 

Start an Asbestos Claim

Start a Mesothelioma Asbestos Claims

 About 600,000 victims have filed claims for damage from their asbestos exposure. 

Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Lawyers

Asbestos companies have paid claimants more than $18 billion since the late 1980s.

Statute of Limitations

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations

Each state has a strict statute of limitations to file your asbestos lawsuit. 

Asbestos Trust Funds

Asbestos Trust Fund Lawsuits

Asbestos companies have paid claimants more than $18 billion since the late 1980s.

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Mesothelioma Medical Information

Mesothelioma Diagnosed?

Diagnosed Mesothelioma Lawyers, Attorneys

Pleural Mesothelioma (lungs) accounts for 70-90% of all Mesothelioma patients.

Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma Treatment Lawyers

The 3 main treatments for Mesothelioma are: surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Mesothelioma Symptoms

Mesothelioma Symptoms Lawyers

90% of Mesothelioma patients reported shortness of breath as their first symptom.

Secondhand Exposure

Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits

Diagnosed Mesothelioma rates are higher among spouses of asbestos workers.

Mesothelioma Survival Rate

Mesothelioma Survival Rates Mesothelioma Claims

The life expectancy for a mesothelioma patient is 12-21 months after diagnosis.

Asbestos Lung Cancer

Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuits

There is about 15,000 Asbestos-related cancers diagnosed each year in U. S.