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USS Goodrich (DD-831)

The USS Goodrich (DD-831) remained on the Navy list for nearly three decades in the middle of the 20th century. She was named for Rear Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich who served in the Spanish-American War and World War I. Goodrich was a member of the Gearing class of naval vessels.

Construction

Goodrich was laid down at Bath, Maine by the Bath Iron Works Corporation in September 1944, launched in February 1945, and commissioned in April with Commander Dale R. Frankes in command. With a crew capacity of 336, Goodrich was 390 feet, six inches long and featured an armament of six five-inch anti-aircraft guns, twelve 40-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, eleven 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.

Naval History

Goodrich completed her shakedown training in the Caribbean and then was deployed to Japan, after passing through the Panama Canal in November 1945, to take part in the occupation. The destroyer patrolled between Japanese ports until October 1946, and then patrolled the coast of Korea while based at Tsingtao. China. In December, Goodrich arrived at San Francisco and then joined the Atlantic Fleet in January 1947 while based out of Newport, Rhode Island.

Following an overhaul at the New York Naval Shipyard, Goodrich spent February through May 1948 in the Mediterranean. Goodrich was then deployed annually to the region, with the 6th Fleet. These deployments included response to Soviet threats in the Balkans and the Middle East, and patrols of the Israeli-Egyptian border in February 1956. In 1958, Goodrich operated off Beirut, Lebanon while Marines landed there.

Goodrich was reassigned to Mayport, Florida as her home port in June 1959, and continued with annual Mediterranean deployments. These involved training operations with NATO forces. Goodrich underwent a modernization overhaul, which entailed eight months of modifications at the Norfolk Navy Yard, in 1960. In 1962, Goodrich joined the recovery station while Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn completed an orbital space flight.

Goodrich was also called to duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October and November 1962. In 1966, she served patrol duty and fleet exercises in the Mediterranean, and also participated in joint exercises with the Turkish, Greek, British, and Italian Navies. Decommissioned in November 1969, Goodrich was struck from the Navy list in February 1974 and sold for scrap in 1977.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Goodrich (DD-831)

As asbestos could be used in so many products, the mineral could be found nearly everywhere aboard naval vessels. Asbestos insulation was abundant in engine and power rooms aboard Goodrich. It was used to insulate pipes, to cover steam boilers, and to protect elements of the ship's turbines and pumps. Since materials containing asbestos were installed in so many places, nearly every member of the crew had some risk of exposure. Mechanics, boiler men, and engineers had the highest level of exposure.

Handling existing asbestos products requires extreme caution, as disturbing such installations can release clouds of nearly invisible fibers into the air. Overhauls and refits aboard Goodrich likely exposed the crew performing those duties to large amounts of friable asbestos. Inhaling or ingesting frayed or broken asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma.

Sources

Sources

Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-831
(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd831txt.htm) Retrieved 19 February 2011.

NavSource Naval History. Goodrich (DD-831)
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/831.htm) Retrieved 19 February 2011.

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