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The ships and submarines of the United States Navy are complexly engineered vessels that patrol numerous oceans and keep sea lanes safe for commercial traffic worldwide. Each vessel requires an enormous amount of energy, machinery and manpower in order for it to operate and function. Navy Machinist Mates are integral to the operation of a variety of Navy vessels. Machinist’s Mates maintain and operate steam turbines and reduction gears used for ship propulsion, as well as pumps and oil purifiers. Machinist Mates also maintain additional auxiliary machinery, such as electrohydraulic steering engines and elevators, refrigeration plants, air conditioning systems and desalinization plants. In addition, Machinists Mates also operate and maintain steam catapults on aircraft carriers.

Auxiliary machinery on US Navy ships and submarines produces high and intense heat that requires well-insulated equipment. Prior to the 1970s and because of its unique high temperature resiliency and nearly indestructible qualities, asbestos was used as the insulation material of choice for a variety of equipment. Asbestos insulation covered pipes and ducts throughout Navy ships and submarines. Asbestos insulated boilers; it was used as packing in pumps and valves, and could be found in gasket material maintained by Machinist Mates.

Those who worked on and around pipes, ducts, valves and gaskets were often exposed to tremendous amounts of asbestos-containing airborne dust.

Common defendants in an asbestos-related Navy Machinist Mate case include:

The attorneys at Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC have gathered a vast amount of information regarding the type and variety of asbestos containing products to which our clients were exposed. Our clients understand the importance of securing legal representation as soon as possible after a diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung cancer. If you or a loved one were once employed as machinist mate and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.