Cruisers Between 1930 and the early 1970s—before the dangers of asbestos came to light—asbestos was widely used in the construction of naval vessels. With its valuable fire-proofing and insulating properties, this lethal mineral was a component in boilers, engine room steam pipes, electrical fixtures, and bulkhead systems. Insulation throughout ships also contained asbestos as did ceiling tiles and fire-resistant cloths, blankets and clothing. The lack of ventilation aboard close-quartered submarines made the setting even more perilous for its inhabitants. Cruisers and Asbestos Exposure A cruiser is a large and swift combat warship with multiple target response capabilities. Early cruisers served as the US Navy’s long-range force projection weapon and were used for independent warfare at sea. Cruisers were often attached to the battle fleet and employed to raid enemy merchant ships as well as carry out reconnaissance missions. When naval battleships were slowly phased out in the later 1900s, the cruiser emerged as the largest and most powerful of the surface combatants. Were You Exposed to Asbestos While Serving on a Navy Cruiser? Navy sailors, crew and shipyard workers who served during World War II were almost certainly exposed to asbestos for prolonged periods of time. Sadly, these brave seamen never even knew the health risks they were facing each day. If you believe your mesothelioma is a direct result of your service on a naval cruiser, you may
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