Mesothelioma and Navy Veterans


More than any other service member, Navy are at a high risk of suffering the consequences of asbestos exposure. The deadly material was frequently used throughout ships and in shipyards, where service members worked in tight quarters and breathed in microscopic asbestos fibers without knowing the danger they were in.

Although the Navy stopped using asbestos products in the mid-1970s, the damage had already been done for many veterans. Now, decades later, veterans are developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases that could ─ and should ─ have been prevented.

Our Attorneys Stand Up for Those Who Stood Strong for Our Country

The dedicated mesothelioma attorneys at Belluck & Fox are nationally recognized for holding asbestos companies responsible for the harm they caused Navy veterans.

Our firm is focused on asbestos claims, and it shows we have secured more than $1 billion for asbestos victims and their loved ones over the years.

Contact us now to schedule a free case consultation. Within 24 hours, one of the partners in our firm will contact you personally to talk about your case.

What Navy Veterans Can Expect from Our Firm

When you enlist the help of our skilled asbestos attorneys, you can expect that we will get to work on your claim for compensation right away. We know you don’t have time to waste, and we have the experience and the resources necessary to build a strong claim as quickly as possible. This will include:

  • Discussing your work history in detail, including anything you remember about your assignments while in the service
  • Digging up ship blueprints and specific equipment records from the Naval Archives
  • Identifying the asbestos products that you were exposed to and the companies that made or sold them to the Navy
  • Tracking down former shipmates through muster rolls and ship reunion committees so we can discuss what they remember about asbestos exposure
  • Documenting your illness to determine the full extent of the damages you have suffered
  • Putting all the pieces together to demand maximum compensation for you

You should know that you will not be suing the Navy for your asbestos exposure. Rather, the companies that manufactured and marketed these dangerous asbestos products are the ones that should be held responsible.

With a vast database of asbestos research and extensive experience handling these complex claims, the skilled legal team at Belluck & Fox has earned a national reputation for its success in fighting for the rights of Navy veterans.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, contact us today to talk about what our firm can do for you.

Compensation Is Available for Navy Veterans with Mesothelioma

NYC Navy Veterans - Belluck _ Fox LLPNavy veterans who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or lung cancer should seek legal help as soon as possible to discuss the types of compensation that may be available. The knowledgeable New York asbestos lawyers at Belluck & Fox will evaluate your claim for free and go over your options for moving forward.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, our team may pursue compensation for:

  • Medical bills, including any costs you have already incurred and expenses you will have as you continue to battle your disease
  • Lost income, including reduced earning capacity if you had to stop working due to your illness
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages, which may be used to punish asbestos companies that showed extreme misconduct

At Belluck & Fox, we also have a VA-certified lawyer on staff to help clients file for disability benefits, at no cost to you.

Call or fill out our online form to schedule your free initial consultation, and let us get started on your claim today.

Navy Asbestos Exposure on Duty

Some of the military occupational specialties that have been deemed most at risk of asbestos exposure include:

  • Boatswain’s mate
  • Boilerman, boiler tender, boilermaker, and water tender
  • Damage controlman
  • Electrician’s mate
  • Engineman
  • Fireman
  • Gunner’s mate
  • Hull maintenance technician
  • Instrumentman
  • Machinist’s mate
  • Painter
  • Pipefitter
  • Shipfitter
  • Sonarman and sonar technician
  • Soundman
  • Utilitiesman


Asbestos Exposure on Navy Ships

navy ships asbestos exposureAsbestos was commonly used on Navy ships in equipment such as boilers, turbines, pumps, valves, and electrical components. Veterans who worked in engine rooms and boiler spaces faced the highest levels of exposure. However, asbestos exposure could have happened almost anywhere on a ship.

Ship Name


  • SS African Endeavor
  • SS African Enterprise
  • SS African Lightning
  • SS African Patriot
  • SS African Star
  • SS American Traveler
  • USS Albert T Harris
  • USS Alden
  • USS Ammen
  • USS Amphion
  • USS Arcadia
  • USS Atka
  • USS Ault


  • USS Bates
  • USS Bearss
  • USS Benner
  • USS Bennington
  • USS Bolster
  • USS Bon Homme Richard
  • USS Bremerton
  • USS Bullard
  • USS Bushnell


  • SS Constitution
  • USS Cabot
  • USS Caloosahatchee
  • USS Canberra
  • USS Canisteo
  • USS Capella
  • USS Capricornus
  • USS Carbonero
  • USS Carpellotti
  • USS Carter Hall
  • USS Cassin Young
  • USS Castinghead
  • USS Cavalla
  • USS Chandeleur
  • USS Charles R Ware
  • USS Chester T O’Brien
  • USS Chikaskia
  • USS Comet
  • USS Comfort
  • USS Concord
  • USS Coral Sea
  • USS Corregidor
  • USS Crescent City
  • USS Cutlass


  • SS David Hewes
  • USS Dace
  • USS Dealey
  • USS Delta
  • USS Dionysus
  • USS Dogfish


  • USS English
  • USS Essex



  • USS Faragut
  • USS Fargo
  • USS Flasher
  • USS Floyd B Parks
  • USS Franklin
  • USS Franklin D Roosevelt
  • USS Fred T Berry
  • USS Fremont
  • USS Furse


  • USS General Harry Taylor
  • USS General HW Butner
  • USS General HW Butner
  • USS General RM Blatchford
  • USS General Simon B Buckner
  • USS Gentry
  • USS Glacier
  • USS Glennon
  • USS Great Sitkin
  • USS Guadalcanal


  • SS Henry St. G Tucker
  • USS Hale
  • USS Halibut
  • USS Hammerhead
  • USS Haynsworth
  • USS Henley
  • USS Higbee
  • USS Hobson
  • USS Hoel
  • USS Hornet
  • USS Huntsville


  • USS Interpreter
  • USS Iowa



  • SS John W Brown
  • USS J Douglas Blackwood
  • USS Jack
  • USS James C Owens
  • USS John Adams
  • USS John R Pierce
  • USS Joseph P Kennedy


  • USS Kermit Roosevelt
  • USS Klondike
  • USS Kyne




  • SS Lynn Victory
  • USS Lake Champlain
  • USS LCT 829
  • USS Leonard F Mason
  • USS Leyte
  • USS Ling
  • USS Lowry
  • USS LST-1000
  • USS LST-1027
  • USS LST-1097
  • USS LST-287
  • USS LST-510
  • USS LST-569


  • SS Mission Santa Cruz
  • SS Mobile Aero
  • SS Mormacglen
  • SS Mormaclynx
  • USCGC Minnetonka
  • USS Maloy
  • USS Marblehead
  • USS Massey
  • USS Mindoro
  • USS Minneapolis
  • USS Missouri
  • USS Mount Vernon
  • USS Murray
  • USS Myles C Fox


  • USS Nautilus
  • USS Nautilus
  • USS Neptune
  • USS New Jersey
  • USS New York
  • USS Niblack
  • USS Norris


  • USS O’Brien
  • USS Okinawa
  • USS Oriskany
  • USS Osberg
  • USS Otterstetter


  • SS President Adams
  • SS President Johnson
  • USS Pasadena
  • USS Paul Revere
  • USS Peterson
  • USS Philadelphia
  • USS Plunkett


  • SS Richard S Ewell
  • USS Randolph
  • USS Ranger
  • USS Reina Mercedes
  • USS Rhea
  • USS Robert H McCard
  • USS Roncador
  • USS Ruchamkin


  • SS Santa Clara
  • USS Sablefish
  • USS Sacandaga
  • USS San Francisco
  • USS Sandoval
  • USS Santa Barbara
  • USS Saratoga
  • USS Sargo
  • USS Saufley
  • USS Savannah
  • USS Sellers
  • USS Semmes
  • USS Shangri-La
  • USS Shark
  • USS Solace
  • USS Southerland
  • USS Springfield
  • USS St. Louis
  • USS Stickell
  • USS Strong
  • USS Swanson


  • SS The State of Maine
  • USS Talbot County
  • USS Tanner
  • USS Tarawa
  • USS Tattanal
  • USS Tennessee
  • USS Tidewater
  • USS Torsk
  • USS Tullibee
  • USS Turner


  • SS United States
  • USGC Unimak




  • USS Vermillion
  • USS Vulcan



  • USCGC Walnut
  • USNS Watertown
  • USS Waccamaw
  • USS Waller
  • USS Warren
  • USS Warrington
  • USS Washington
  • USS Wasp
  • USS Weiss
  • USS West Point
  • USS Wichita
  • USS William R Rush
  • USS Winged Arrow
  • USS Witek


  • USS YO-174
  • USS Yosemite
  • USS YR-64



Belluck & Fox has collected extensive records regarding asbestos on Navy ships. And we will put our knowledge and resources to work for you as we investigate your claim and build a solid case for full and fair compensation.

Asbestos Exposure in Navy Shipyards

Many Navy veterans and civilian Navy Yard workers, also known as yardbirds, were exposed to asbestos while building, repairing, and maintaining ships in naval yards throughout New York and across the country. Our dedicated litigators work with veterans and civilians who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other diseases after working at Navy shipyards, including:

  • Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Staten Island
  • Boston Navy Yard
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Charleston Naval Shipyard
  • Coastal Drydock & Repair Company
  • Concord Naval Weapons Station
  • Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock
    • Kearny, NJ
    • Port Newark, NJ
    • West Side / Highway Piers
  • Hunters Point Drydocks
  • Long Beach Naval Shipyard
  • Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  • New York Shipbuilding
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility
  • San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard
  • San Francisco Naval Shipyard
  • Todd Shipyard
  • Walsh-Kaiser Company
  • Washington Navy Yard



Each of these yards was home to hundreds of different ships over the decades. Sadly, many naval service members mesothelioma shipyardsand yardbirds performed jobs which put them at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma, including those who:

  • Repaired, removed, or installed asbestos-containing equipment
  • Worked in engine and boiler rooms, where
  • Were employed as boiler operators, welders, pipe fitters, machinist mates, electricians, and shipfitters

These jobs were often performed in tight areas with poor ventilation and workers were rarely, if ever, provided with proper respiratory protection. This continued through the 1980s and many are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

U.S. Navy veterans have an increased risk for asbestos-related diseases due to their exposure while constructing and repairing ships — the majority of which contained asbestos in many parts of the vessel. Many veterans and civilians who worked in one of New York area’s 14 naval shipyards have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. So anyone who worked with or in the vicinity of dangerous asbestos materials in Navy shipyards is at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.

ARDs Could Have Been Prevented

navy mesotheliomaThousands of Navy veterans and Navy shipyard workers have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases:

  • Mesothelioma. This is a deadly, cancer associated with asbestos exposure. It affects the mesothelium, a thin membrane that covers and protects the internal organs of the body. Many victims aren’t diagnosed until decades after exposure. When they are diagnosed, the cancer has often progressed to a higher stage where treatment options are limited.
  • Asbestosis. Debilitating and potentially-fatal lung tissue scarring caused by asbestos fibers.

These types of asbestos-related diseases could have been prevented if asbestos manufacturers, sellers, and distributors had warned the end-users of the dangers. However, they never did. Instead, they put profits over safety, and now innocent and hard-working veterans are suffering or have died.

Navy Vets & Civilian Counterparts May Be Entitled To Compensation

Navy veterans and their civilian counterparts who were injured due to asbestos exposure may be entitled to compensation for their injuries in the form of medical costs, medical monitoring, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering and more.

Belluck & Fox, LLP is an experienced mesothelioma law firm with more than 20 years of experience. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, contact Belluck & Fox, LLP to analyze your situation and determine your legal options against an asbestos manufacturer, distributor, or seller.

Let Our Asbestos Lawyers Fight for Justice for You

If you or a family member is coping with a mesothelioma diagnosis, do not hesitate to get the legal help you need. At Belluck & Fox, our top ranked mesothelioma attorneys have more than two decades of experience securing full and fair compensation for Navy veterans who were harmed by asbestos exposure. Let us fight for you. Visit our New York Law office now.

Our attorneys will provide a free initial consultation, and we do not charge you anything to start working on your case. In fact, we do not get paid legal fees unless and until we secure compensation for you.

Call or fill out our online form today to learn more or to get started on your claim.