About United States Navy Frigates
Frigate ships play an important role in the history of the U.S. Navy. Throughout World War II, thousands of Navy staff lived on these ships, in close quarters with asbestos. The ships were essential in supporting patrol missions and other Navy operations. They also guided Navy destroyers.
Frigates functioned chiefly as combatants for submarines but were sometimes used as warships, mounted with short-range guns. Their affordability to efficiency ratio made them valuable players in the United States Military.
Yet almost every Navy frigate built between the 1930s and 1980s contained asbestos — a deadly material linked to mesothelioma and other health problems.
Any Navy veterans who served on frigates during this time should learn about the possible health risks related to asbestos exposure.