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USS David W. Taylor (DD-551)

The USS David W. Taylor (DD-551) served in the U.S. Navy for half a decade before being placed on reserve and then transferred to Spain. She was named for Rear Admiral David Watson Taylor who served as Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair with the U.S. Navy and also served in World War I. David W. Taylor was commissioned as a Fletcher-class destroyer.


David W. Taylor was laid down at Chickasaw, Alabama by the Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation in June 1941, launched in July 1942, and commissioned in September 1943 with Lieutenant Commander W.H. Johnsen in command. Armed with five 5-inch anti-aircraft guns, four 1.1-inch anti-aircraft guns, four 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes, David W. Taylor carried a crew of 273.

Naval History

David W. Taylor served on a convoy escort mission from Charleston, South Carolina to Pearl Harbor in January 1944, and from there was assigned convoy duty to the Gilbert and Marshall Islands. Following a convoy mission from Hawaii to San Francisco, David W. Taylor returned to the Marshall Islands to conduct patrols in April and May. David W. Taylor protected various escort carriers and oilers at the Mariana Islands from June to August, and joined Riddle in sinking Japanese submarine I-10 in July.

David W. Taylor screened logistics vessels from Manus to Palaus in August, and continued this duty while based at Ulithi. In November, the destroyer served with aircraft carriers for attacks on Luzon during the Leyte invasion. David W. Taylor also operated during air attacks on the Bonins in December 1944 and, in January 1945, was damaged, probably by a mine, resulting in the loss of four crew members. She sailed to Luzon and then Hunter’s Point, California for repairs from February to May.

David W. Taylor participated in a bombardment mission in the Marshall Islands in May and remained in service off Okinawa and China until World War II ended. Supporting several troop landings during the occupation of Japan, David W. Taylor was placed in reserve at San Diego in August 1946. David W. Taylor was transferred to Spain in May 1957 and renamed Almirante Ferrandiz, stricken from the Navy list in October 1972, and used for scrap in November 1987.

Asbestos Risk on the USS David W. Taylor (DD-551)

Nearly every compartment aboard David W. Taylor contained some level of asbestos material, but higher concentrations existed in certain parts of the ship. The engine and power plant sections aboard David W. Taylor, for example, required larger quantities of asbestos-containing materials to insulate conduits, to protect boilers, and to cover parts of the ship's motors or turbines. Asbestos was also in putty, paste, paint, gaskets and other materials used to build the ship. Asbestos is the number one cause of mesothelioma.

The chance of developing mesothelioma is greatest in workers who were exposed regularly to frayed asbestos-containing material. When material containing asbestos is torn or broken, the microscopic fibers that enter the air can be breathed into the lungs where they become lodged. Fibers remaining in lung tissue over a period of time can eventually lead to the development of mesothelioma.

Because exposure to asbestos is the only known source of malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis, there are legal options available to mesothelioma victims who have developed these medical conditions. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can help you understand what they are. Take a moment to complete the form on this page and we'll send you more information right away.



Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-551.
( Retrieved 20 January 2011.

NavSource Naval History, USS David W. Taylor (DD-551).
( Retrieved 20 January 2011.

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