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Naval Base San Diego Asbestos

Naval Base San Diego is the largest Navy base on the West Coast. During World War II, it went by a different name: U.S. Repair Base, San Diego. Between 1943 and 1945, over 5,000 Navy ships were repaired, converted, and maintained at this site. Today it continues to serve a key role in the Navy’s operations, providing efficient services and state-of-the-art technology.

Unfortunately, the proud history of Naval Base San Diego also contains tragedy. During World War II and the Korean War, the US Navy used asbestos extensively in the construction and maintenance of its ships – despite the fact that some members of the US government were aware of its dangers. The consequences of this dangerous decision still linger today, as Navy veterans continue to be diagnosed with major asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.

Navy Veterans and Asbestos Exposure

Before the dangers of asbestos finally became known to the general public, this toxic mineral was used to make a variety of construction materials. Navy shipbuilders could be exposed to asbestos whenever they handled materials such as:

  • Insulation for pipes and wiring
  • Cement
  • Sheet metal
  • Floor coatings
  • Gaskets
  • Caulk

Because they were not given protective equipment, people who built or repaired ships were at risk for inhaling asbestos fibers. When inhaled, these fibers can harm the linings of the lung. While this may not cause immediate symptoms beyond mild coughing, it can be the first stage of major illnesses.

Over time, the damage to the lungs caused by asbestos fibers can develop into scar tissue. Later, it can even develop into cancerous growths. Asbestos has been linked to lung cancer, the cancer mesothelioma, and other life-threatening illnesses. Because these conditions can take decades to develop, many World War II and Korean War veterans are only now facing the consequences of other people’s careless decisions.

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