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Navy Frigates Ships

Throughout history, the frigate ship has been an essential part of the United States Navy military operations. During World War II, these frigate ships were the homes to thousands of Navy personnel. Along with personnel, each frigate ship contained thousands of pounds of deadly asbestos. This asbestos was supplied by companies that knew the asbestos was dangerous and knew that, eventually, thousands of servicemen would contract terrible diseases from exposure to this mineral. But the companies chose profit over safety and hid those dangers from the navy and the servicemen.

Asbestos was used frequently for the insulation of pipes, boilers, electrical fixtures and hull construction. It was also used as a fire retardant material in many areas aboard ship, including non-skid flooring on decks and on bulk head walls. The worst areas on frigate ships were in the fire, pump, and engine rooms where insulation covered the pipes and wiring. Some of the personnel most at risk include boiler tenders, electrician's mates, enginemen, machinist mates, pipefitters, and shipfitters.

Many of the companies that supplied asbestos products to the navy have admitted fault and set up trust funds to compensate navy veterans. If you know someone who has mesothelioma, contact us to learn more about your rights.

Below offers a list of some frigate ships that were commissioned between 1940 and 1990 and contained risks of asbestos exposure. Personnel aboard any of these ships or civilians that provided shipyard maintenance, repair or deconstruction may have been at risk of asbestos exposure.

United States Navy Frigates Listing

USS Ainsworth (DE/FF-1090)
USS Albert David (FF-1050)
USS Antaeus (AG-67)
USS Aylwin (FF-1081)
USS Badger (DD–126)
USS Badger (FF-1071)
USS Bagley (FF-1069)
USS Barbey (DE-1088/FF-1088)
USS Blakely (DE-1072/FF-1072)
USS Bowen (FF-1079)
USS Bradley (FF-1041)
USS Brewton (FF-1086)
USS Brooke (FFG-1)
USS Brumby (FF-1044)
USS Capodanno (FF-1093)
USS Connole (FF-1056)
USS Cook (FF-1083)
USS Davidson (FF-1045)
USS Donald B. Beary (FF-1085)
USS Downes (DE-1070/FF-1070)
USS Edward McDonnell (FF-1043)
USS Elmer Montgomery (FF-1082)
USS Fanning (FF-1076)
USS Francis Hammond (DE/FF-1067)
USS Garcia (FF-1040)
USS Glover (FF-1098)
USS Gray (FF-1054)
USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074)
USS Hepburn (FF-1055)
USS Jesse L. Brown (DE/FF/FFT-1089)
USS Joseph Hewes (FF-1078)
USS Julius A. Furer (FFG-6)
USS Kirk (FF-1087)


USS Knox (DE-1052/FF-1052)
USS Koelsch (FF-1049)
USS Lang (FF-1060)
USS Lockwood (FF-1064)
USS Marvin Shields (FF-1066)
USS McCandless (FF-1084)
USS Meyerkord (FF-1058)
USS Miller (FF-1091)
USS Moinester (FF-1097)
USS O'Callahan (FF-1051)
USS Ouellet (FF-1077)
USS Patterson (FF-1061)
USS Paul (FF-1080)
USS Pharris (FF-1094)
USS Ramsey (DEG-2/FFG-2)
USS Rathburne (FF-1057)
USS Reasoner (FF-1063)
USS Richard L. Page (FFG-5)
USS Roark (FF-1053)
USS Robert E. Peary (FF-1073)
USS Sample (FF-1048)
USS Schofield (FFG-3)
USS Stein (FF-1065)
USS Talbot (FFG-4)
USS Thomas C. Hart (FF-1092)
USS Trippe (FF-1075)
USS Truett (FF-1095)
USS Valdez (FF-1096)
USS Voge (FF-1047)
USS Vreeland (FF-1068)
USS W. S. Sims (FF-1059)
USS Whipple (DE-1062/FF-1062)