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Coast Guard Ships with Asbestos and/or Lead Paint

Did you know that from 1988 to 2017 that the US Coast Guard had asbestos on their active duty ships? The Coast Guard recently released an internal only memo that includes a list of all ships that were operated between 1988 and 2017 that had asbestos and/or lead paint. All of these ships were built prior to 1991. The list included ships ranging from Patrol Boats (WPB), Medium Endurance Cutters (WMEC), Harbor Tugs (WYTL) and more! Below are a few examples of ships that had asbestos and/or lead paint.

Ice Breakers

USS Glacier AGB-4/WAGB-4

USCGC Mackinaw WAGB-83

High Endurance Cutters

USCGC Gallatin WHEC-721

USCGC Hamilton WHEC-715

USCGC Jarvis WHEC-725

USCGC Mellon WHEC-717

USCGC Midgett WHEC-726

Medium Endurance Cutters

USCGC Alex Haley WMEC-39/ATS-1

USCGC Acushnet WMEC-167

USCGC Alert WMEC-630


USCGC Campbell WMEC-909

USCGC Cherokee WMEC-165/ATF-165

USS Chilula WMEC-153/ATF-153

USCGC Citrus WMEC-300

Treasury Class Cutter

USCGC Ingham WHEC-35

This list is but a small sample of what was released in December of 2017 by the United States Coast Guard: Health, Safety, and Work-Life Service Center. Additionally it should be noted that this recently released list is only for ships that were still actively used from 1988 to 2017. What about all the Coast Guard ships that were decommissioned prior to 1988?

Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban takes pride in our determined representation of asbestos and wrongful death clients, as well as our advocacy for veterans’ benefits. To schedule a free consultation, call today at 877-428-1122 or contact our firm online.

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