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Asbestos On Auxiliary Navy Ships

Auxiliary Ships Insulated With Asbestos Products

An extensive fleet of auxiliary ships supported the Navy's battleships, cruisers, destroyer, submarines, and other fighting ships. These auxiliary ships, whether steam driven or diesel powered, also had extensive asbestos insulation throughout them. As a result, both shipyard workers and seamen were exposed to asbestos putting them at risk of mesothelioma.

Various Roles of Auxiliary Ships

An auxiliary is a naval ship that operates in a variety of roles. These ships are very valuable, because without them the fighting fleet could not travel far from their home ports.

Auxiliaries are used for many purposes. Replenishment of supplies is one of their key roles. These ships bring needed food, fuel, and other supplies to ships underway. Oilers, for example, were designed to bring fuel oil to the fleet. Tenders were basically floating repair shops that accomplished relatively minor repairs while ships were at sea. More significant repairs were done in shipyards.

Some auxiliary vessels were involved in the transport of troops. Often merchant ships were converted for this purpose. Repairing ships at sea was another critical function of auxiliary ships. A significant number of auxiliary ships were also need to assist ships when they entered or left harbors. These ships included tugboats, barges, and others, used to move ships and equipment around the port facilities and service ships currently in the harbor. Last but not least, some ships are used for research and survey as the Navy is always striving to expand its knowledge and available technologies.

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