During the World War II, the U.S. Navy employed a variety of different naval vessels. Some vessels were used for support or transport, but the best-known of U.S> Navy ships were the ones used in combat. Two types of these vessels are destroyers and assault ships, discussed further below:
Destroyer Ships In The Navy
Destroyers were an integral part of World War II; they were warships that were fast and easy to maneuver. They were accompanied by larger ships to form a convoy. These vessels were responsible for protecting the larger vessels from submarine and torpedo attacks. Larger ships were at particular risk because they were not able to maneuver fast enough to dodge missiles, airstrikes, or torpedoes. Because of this, destroyers were required to divert enemy attacks from these large vessels. The ships were equipped with radar systems and anti-aircraft guns, as well as anti-submarine weapons that could fire mortar bombs that exploded immediately upon contact; they were highly effective during submarine attacks. Although they were the best-outfitted ship for emergencies at sea, because of their prevalence in combat, the destroyers were the most commonly sunk ships during this time period.
Assault Ships In The Navy
Amphibious assault ships, most commonly referred to as assault ships, were constructed in order to support the forces on the ground during amphibious attacks. Perhaps the most widely known assault ship during the period of World War II, was the USS Tarawa; it was the first of its class to be constructed and was built to carry a maximum of 80 aircraft and hold more than 2,000 crew members. These assault ships were commonly found in the Pacific and were generally used to escort other vessels as well as aircraft transporters. These ships were later used to transport helicopters.
Exposure To Asbestos
The crews who worked on these World War II assault ships and destroyers faced dangers each day. One of the most long-lasting yet lesser-known risks was asbestos exposure that was experienced while working on these ships. Asbestos has been linked with various diseases like mesothelioma. Veterans who worked on board these ships should seek guidance from a physician when it comes to respiratory health. They should also get tested to determine if they have developed an illness related to asbestos exposure.
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