The USS Haynsworth (DD-700) served in the U.S. Navy for two and a half decades during the middle of the 20th century. She was named for William McCall Haynsworth, a U.S. Navy officer during the first half of the 20th century. Haynsworth was built as an Allen M. Sumner-class ship.
Haynsworth was laid down in Kearny, New Jersey by Federal Shipbuilding in December 1943. She was launched in April 1944 and commissioned in June 1944, with Commander Robert Brodie, Jr. at the helm. Haynsworth carried a crew of 336 and had a cruising speed of 36.5 knots. She was armed with six five-inch anti-aircraft guns, twelve 40-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, eleven 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Haynsworth began her service as an escort to the Queen Mary, carrying British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in September 1944. She then departed for the Pacific to join the bulk of the US fleet. While in the Pacific, she supported the landings at Luzon, covered the area surrounding Tokyo Bay (where she assisted in the sinking of several ships), and participated in the operations at Okinawa. During the Okinawa operation she was hit by a kamikaze plane, requiring her to retire to Ulithi for a period of repairs.
Haynsworth was serving training duty in California during the summer of 1945, which meant she was out of the Pacific theater when the Japanese surrendered. After a brief return to Pearl Harbor, she was sent on training missions throughout the Caribbean before being placed on reserve in 1950. Her period of inactivity, however, was brief: tensions in Korea were rapidly heating up, and Haynsworth was recommissioned only a few short months later.
The following years saw this ship cruising the Mediterranean and briefly joining the forces in the Pacific. She offered support during the Suez crisis of 1956, delivered emergency food and supplies to Africa in 1961, and served as a rescue ship for a NASA mission in 1962.
By 1964, Haynsworth was operating as a training ship for the Navy reserve. She was finally decommissioned in 1970 and transferred to Taiwan, where she was renamed Yuen Yang. The ship was decommissioned by the Taiwanese Navy in 1999 and eventually sunk as a target.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Haynsworth (DD-700)
Industrial sites started using asbestos in the late 19th century because it was a highly desirable material for providing heat and fire insulation in manufacturing and construction applications. Because asbestos fiber is has fireproofing capability, it also became the standard for fireproofing maritime vessels starting in the early 1900s.
Most sailors assigned to or working on the USS Haynsworth were most likely exposed to asbestos to a greater or lesser degree. Particularly at risk, were those sailors working with damaged sections of the ship after she was attacked or those responsible for repairing engines, boilers or pumps. Scientists have found a credible link between the inhalation of asbestos and the development of an asbestos disease known as mesothelioma.
A mesothelioma lawyer can be a helpful resource for veterans who served on the USS Haynsworth or other navy ships and who have been subsequently diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you are a veteran and have been stricken with an asbestos related disease you may be able to receive financial compensation for your injury. Please take a moment to fill in the form on this web page and we will mail you a kit with more information, absolutely free of charge.Sources
Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-700.
(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd700txt.htm) Retrieved 6 February 2011.
NavSource Naval History, USS Haynsworth (DD-700).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/700.htm) Retrieved 6 February 2011.