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Mesothelioma in Shipyard Workers

Newport News shipyard asbestos and mesothelioma

Our Hampton Roads community is home to some of the largest, most active shipyards in the United States. Newport News Shipbuilding, also known as Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Tenneco Corporation and the Newport News Shipyard, has designed, constructed, overhaul and repaired more than 800 ships, including both navy and commercial ships. Tens of thousands of shipyard workers as well as Navy sailors and contractors worked onboard those ships during their construction, repair, or overhaul and were exposed to asbestos fibers and dust. Family members of those workers may have also been exposed to asbestos fibers and dust transported home from the work clothing of their loved ones. People who have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease are entitled to compensation.


Some of the ships built and overhauled at Newport News Shipbuilding include aircraft carriers, submarines, attack cargo ships, amphibious flagships, frigates, cruisers, transport ships, oil tankers, cargo vessels, and passenger ships, including the following:​​

  • Aircraft Carriers

    • Lake Champlain (CV-39)

    • Randolph (CVA-15)

    • Forrestal (CVA-59)

    • Intrepid (CVA-11)

    • Ranger (CVA-61)

    • Enterprise (CVN-65, CVAN-65)

    • America (CVA-66)

    • Nimitz (CVN-68)

    • Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)

    • Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

    • Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)         

 

  • Amphibious Flagship

    • Mt. Whitney (LCC-20)

 

  • Attack Cargo

    • Charleston (AKA-113)

    • Durham (AKA-1140)

    • Mobile (AKA-115)

    • St. Louis (AKA-116)

    • El Paso (LKA-117)

 

  • Cruisers

    • Virginia (CGN-38)

    • Texas (CGN-39)

    • Mississippi (CGN-40)

    • Arkansas (CGN 41)

  • Frigates

    • California (CGN-36)

    • South Carolina (DLGN-37)

  • Landing Ship, Tank

    • York County (LST-1175)

    • Graham County (LST-1176)

 

  • Submarines

    • Shark (SSN-591)

    • Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601)

    • Sam Houston (SSBN-609)

    • John Marshall (SSBN-611)

    • Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618)

    • James Monroe (SSBN-622)

    • Henry Clay (SSBN-625)

    • James Madison (SSBN-627)

    • John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630)

    • Von Steuben (SSBN-632)

    • Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635)

    • Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641)

    • Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644)

    • Queenfish (SSN-651)

    • Ray (SSN-653)

    • Geo. C. Marshall (SSBN-654)

    • Geo. W. Carver (SSBN-656)

    • J.F. Kennedy (CVA-67)

    • Lapon (SSN-661)

    • Hammerhead (SSN-663)

    • Sea Devil (SSN-664)

    • Spadefish (SSN-668)

    • Finback (SSN-670)

    • L. Mendel Rivers (SSN-686)

    • Richard Russell (SSN-687)

    • Los Angeles (SSN-688)

    • Baton Rouge (SSBN-689)

    • Memphis (SSN-691)

    • Cincinnati (SSN-693)

    • Birmingham (SSN-695)

    • San Francisco (SSN-711

    • Atlanta (SSN-712)

    • Houston (SSN-713)

    • Norfolk (SSN-714)

    • Buffalo (SSN-715)

    • Salt Lake City (SSN-716)     

    • Olympia (SSN-717)

    • Honolulu (SSN-718)​​

  • Submarines (cont.)

    • Ethan Allen (SSBN609 – overhaul)

    • John Marshall (SSBN611 – overhaul)

    • Lafayette (SSBN616 -overhaul)

    • Woodrow Wilson (SSBN624 -overhaul)      

    • Daniel Webster (SSBN626 -overhaul)

    • Daniel Boone (SSBN629 – overhaul)

    • Tecumseh (SSBN628 -overhaul)

  • Submarine Tenders

    • Hunley (AS-31)

  • Cargo Vessels

    • Tar Heel Mariner

    • Old Dominion Mariner

    • Volunteer Mariner

    • Palmetto Mariner

    • Cracker State Mariner

    • John Sergeant

    • California

    • Oregon

    • Washington

    • Hawaii

    • Pioneer Moon

    • American Challenger

    • American Charger

    • American Champion

    • American Chieftain

    • Alaskan Mail

    • Indian Mail

    • Korean Mail

    • Hong Kong Mail        

    • American Mail

 

  • Oil Tankers

    • SS N. Dakota

    • SS New York

    • SS Connecticut

    • SS California

    • Esso Newark

    • Esso Chester

    • Esso Bangor

    • Esso Gloucester

    • Esso Huntington

    • Esso Florence

    • Flying “A” New York

    • Flying “A” Delaware

    • W. Alton Jones

    • Statue of Liberty

    • Cradle of Liberty

    • Liberty Bell

    • Esso Gettysburg

    • Esso Washington

    • Esso Jamestown

    • Esso Lexington

    • Ariettas S. Livanos

    • G.S. Livanos

    • Sansinena

    • Torrey Canyon

    • Lake Palourde

    • Thetis

    • National Defender

    • Esso Baltimore

    • Esso Boston

    • Atlantic Prestige

    • Esso Houston

    • Esso New Orleans

    • El Paso Southern

    • El Paso Arzew

    • El Paso Howard Boyd

    • U.S.T. Atlantic (ULCC Tanker)

    • U.S.T. Pacific (ULCC Tanker)

 

  • Passenger Ships

    • United States (passenger ship)

    • Santa Rosa

    • Santa Paula

    • Matsonia

Hundreds of other ships were repaired at Newport News Shipbuilding in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

Mesothelioma victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer caused only by asbestos exposure.  Mesothelioma can be found in the pleura, which is a thin lining around the lung (pleural mesothelioma), the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), and even in the heart (pericardial mesothelioma). If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to act quickly to protect your legal rights to compensation. Contact us for a free consultation about how we can help.

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