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San Diego Naval Shipyard

In 1917, the San Diego Naval Shipyard was taken over by the United States Army. All this occurred shortly after the U.S. became a part of the allied forces of WWI. The San Diego Shipyard, a 5,000-acre complex, was originally established in 1910 by Glenn H. Curtiss who was famous for competing against the Wright Brothers for aeronautical achievements.

The shipyard was taken over by the Navy; however, it was too late in the war to make a significant impact. The shipyard maintained itself by becoming the main port for the Pacific Fleet carriers. Its ideal location offered training services for men who would eventually join the crews of these ships. Also known as the North Island Shipyard, the San Diego Naval Shipyard became the main base for all forces in the Pacific.

The shipyard is the home of five military flag staffs:

  • Commander Third Fleet
  • US Pacific Fleet
  • Commanders Carrier Group One and Seven
  • Commander Naval Air Force
  • Commanders Cruiser Destroyer Groups One and Five

In 1963, the San Diego Shipyard established a Navy Submarine Support Facility. The down sizing of the Navy lead to the decommissioning of many command units beginning in 1995.

While this facility employed thousands of men and women during its time, it also exposed many people to dangerous asbestos fibers. If you or a loved one has been harmed by the inhalation or ingestion of these fibers at the San Diego Shipyard, contact a Mesothelioma Lawyer of Williams Hart today to learn more about your rights and options. Call 800-781-3955 for more information.

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