USS Caron DD 970 (1977-2001)

The USS Caron was laid down on July 1, 1974 in Pascagoula, Mississippi by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries. On June 23, 1975, the Caron was launched and on October 1, 1977, it was commissioned.

Action in the Vietnam War

During October of 1983, the Caron was involved with Operation Urgent Fury. Between November of 1983 and March of 1983, it became involved in the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force in Lebanon. On March 10, 1986, the Caron left Norfolk, Virginia and headed towards the Mediterranean to play a part in Operation Attain Document. Then on March 23, 1986, the Caron traveled to the southern region of Libya. On January 14, 1991, the USS Caron was called into action. It joined Operation Desert Storm, and was involved until a cease-fire occurred and the conflict ended. In October of 1993, President Clinton ordered the USS Caron and five other navy ships to tour the Haitian waters. Their mission was to enforce the United Nations’ sanctions against Haiti that were to go into effect on October 14, 1993. Then the Caron participated in NATO mine countermeasure exercises along the Denmark region during April of 1995. In January of 1996, the USS Caron was sent to the Persian Gulf to assist with enforcing the United Nations’ sanctions against Iraq, and to assist in Operation Southern Watch. During June of 1996, the Caron rescued a seaman off the Oman coast. On July 8, 1996, it headed home. Between January 1, 1998 and February 4, 1998, the Caron, along with the USS John C Stennis participated in a Joint Task Force Exercise. Then on February 26, 1998, they were sent out to the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf to take over for the USS Guam and the USS George Washington. In April of 1998, the USS Caron participated in the Exercise Shark Hunt 98 which took place along the Spanish coast. On June 21, 2000, the Caron joined with the USS George Washington for a six month deployment. They were sent to take over operations for the USS Dwight D Eisenhower. The ships visited the ports of Mediterranean and Arabian nations and performed joint and multi-national operations with the European countries. In December of 2000, the ships returned home. On October 10, 2001, the USS Caron was decommissioned, and removed from the Naval Vessel Register on June 5, 2002.

Asbestos in Navy Ships

Although an essential component of the naval fleet, especially during World War II, naval destroyers also pose a lasting health risk to soldiers serving on them. Unfortunately, products containing asbestos were common, especially on older ships, because of the material’s high resistance to heat and fire. Despite its value as an insulator, asbestos fiber intake can lead to several serious health consequences, including mesothelioma, a devastating cancer without cure. Current and former military personnel who came into contact with these ships should seek immediate medical attention in order to detect possible health consequences associated with asbestos exposure.