Was There Asbestos on Patrol Boats?
Yes, similar to other naval vessels, patrol boats were built using asbestos products for much of the 20th century.
Asbestos ensured that patrol boats were durable, fire-resistant, and well-insulated. However, the cancer-causing mineral also posed a health risk to anyone who unknowingly breathed in or swallowed its microscopic fibers.
Asbestos companies knew about the health risks connected to their products, but they kept quiet to keep making money.
Today, many veterans are being diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma due to asbestos on patrol boats and other Navy vessels.
Key Facts About Asbestos on Patrol Boats
- Exposure dangers: Asbestos-related illnesses like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma
- Products: Asbestos insulation, boiler room equipment, gaskets, tiling, insulation, and many other materials
- Purpose: Thermal insulation, fireproofing, corrosion prevention, and more
- Who was at risk: U.S. Navy and Coast Guard personnel, shipyard workers, and others who built, maintained, or served on these boats
Our team can help eligible veterans seek military benefits, legal compensation, and health care services if they were exposed to asbestos on patrol boats and now have mesothelioma.
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List of U.S. Patrol Craft That Used Asbestos
Thousands of patrol boats contained asbestos, including many that were active during World War II.
Some patrol vessels that used asbestos included:
- PC Patrol Craft Coastal
- PC Submarine Chaser (173’)
- PCE Patrol Craft Escort
- PCER Patrol Craft Rescue Escort
- PCH Submarine Chaser (Hydrofoil)
- PCS Patrol Craft Sweeper
- PE Eagle Class Patrol Vessel
- PF Patrol Frigate
- PG Gunboat
- PGH Gunboat (Hydrofoil)
- PGM Motor Gunboat
- PHM Patrol Combatant-Missile (Hydrofoil)
- PR River Gunboat
- PT Motor Torpedo Boat
- PTC Motor Boat Submarine Chasers
- PY Patrol Yacht
- PY Coastal Patrol Yacht
- SC Submarine Chaser (110’)
The use of asbestos wasn’t limited to the patrol craft listed above. Many other patrol boats and Navy ships contained asbestos.
Use our search tool below to see if a ship you served on used asbestos.
- Type of Ship:
- Asbestos Used: Yes
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What Asbestos Products Were Used on Patrol Boats?
Asbestos-containing products were used throughout patrol boats, which made the exposure risk high for crew members.
Common asbestos products found on patrol boats included:
- Deck and flooring
- Pipe coverings
As asbestos-containing materials were installed, repaired, or removed, they could emit tiny asbestos fibers into the air.
U.S. Coast Guard and Navy veterans who handled or worked near these products could have breathed in or swallowed these fibers. As a result, they are at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma 10-50 years later.
Since patrol boats were small and had poor ventilation, anyone on the vessel could have been exposed.
Who Was Exposed to Asbestos on Patrol Boats?
While all U.S. veterans who served on patrol boats built before the 1980s may have been exposed to asbestos, those who worked directly with asbestos products were at the greatest risk of exposure.
They may have unknowingly breathed in asbestos dust while handling these dangerous products.
Veterans who served in these roles had a high risk of asbestos exposure:
- Boiler tenders
- Engine room workers
- Machinist’s mates
How to Get Compensation for Exposure to Asbestos on Patrol Boats
If you served on a Coast Guard or Navy patrol boat and now have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as well as other types of financial compensation.
Three compensation options for affected veterans include:
- VA benefits: U.S. veterans with mesothelioma typically qualify for a 100% disability rating, which is worth almost $4,000 in monthly disability payouts forr 2024. In addition to disability compensation, they may be eligible for free or low-cost medical treatments through the VA and other benefits.
- Asbestos trust funds: Some asbestos companies filed for bankruptcy to avoid being sued but were court-ordered to put aside money for present and future victims. There’s currently over $30 billion available in these trust funds.
- Mesothelioma lawsuits: Mesothelioma lawsuits are filed against the negligent asbestos companies responsible for making you sick and award $1 million or more on average. The U.S. military or government is never sued, and taking legal action does not affect your VA benefits.
Mesothelioma Hope can help you file a VA claim or increase your benefits after a mesothelioma diagnosis. We can also connect you with a top mesothelioma lawyer who may be able to take legal action on your behalf and file multiple asbestos trust fund claims for you.
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We Can Help Patrol Boat Veterans With Mesothelioma
Patrol boat veterans put their lives on the line as they served and protected their country. As a result, they deserve access to the best medical care, legal help, and financial assistance possible.
Mesothelioma Hope is proud to help veterans harmed by asbestos on patrol boats.
Our team of mesothelioma nurses, Patient Advocates, and VA-accredited claims agents is standing by ready to help you or a loved one connect with military, medical, and financial resources right now.
Asbestos on Patrol Boats FAQs
What are patrol boats made of?
Patrol boats built before the 1980s typically contained numerous asbestos-containing parts like gaskets, pipe insulation, pumps, turbines, and valves.
Military vessels were no exception, as patrol boats, aircraft carriers, auxiliary ships, battleships, and other ships were routinely constructed with asbestos products.
This put U.S. Navy veterans and Coast Guard veterans who served on these ships at risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
When did the military stop using asbestos?
The U.S. military stopped using asbestos to build new ships and other structures by the late 1970s into the early 1980s.
However, naval ships and other military assets constructed in earlier years still contained hundreds of asbestos-containing products that posed health risks to Navy personnel and other service members.
Can you sue the Navy for asbestos exposure?
No, you can’t sue the U.S. Navy or government for asbestos exposure during your military service.
However, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the companies that exposed you to asbestos through their products and caused you to develop mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness.
A mesothelioma law firm can review your case for free and help you take legal action if you qualify.
Can you get VA benefits for asbestos exposure on patrol boats?
Yes, U.S. veterans who were exposed to asbestos on patrol boats and later developed a related illness such as mesothelioma may be eligible for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Mesothelioma Hope can help you file a claim for benefits or increase the benefits you already receive. Call our team right now at (866) 608-8933 to get started.