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USS Scott (DD-995)

The USS Scott (DD-995) was originally built for Iran but served in the U.S. Navy for less than two decades in the late 20th century. She was named for Rear Admiral Norman Scott who served on Jacob Jones in World War I and was killed aboard Atlanta during the World War II Guadalcanal campaign. Scott was a member of the Kidd class of naval vessels.

Construction

Scott was laid down at Pascagoula, Mississippi by the Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation in February 1979, launched in March 1980, and commissioned in October 1981 with Commander Harold V. Maixner, Jr., in command. Carrying a crew of 296, Scott was 563 feet long and had a cruising speed of 30 knots, with a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 20 knots. She was armed with two five-inch rapid fire guns, two surface-to-air missile launchers, a Harpoon anti-ship missile battery, a Phalanx CIWS anti-ship missile defense system, six 12.75-inch anti-submarine torpedo tubes, and one helicopter.

Naval History

Originally built for the Iranian Navy, Scott remained in the United States when revolution struck the Middle Eastern country in 1979. Scott was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet and was based at Norfolk, Virginia, and reclassified as guided missile destroyer DDG-995 in August 1979. From June to December 1983, Scott took part in UNITAS exercises, and operated out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in November and December 1984. The destroyer then served in the Atlantic and visited such destinations as Portsmouth, England in June 1984 and Marseille, France in 1986/1987.

Scott was initially captained by Commander Harold V. Maixner, Jr., but was later run by Commander William L. Putnam, Commander Donald H. Nash, Commander Thomas C. Corcoran, Commander Darrell A. Russell, and Commander Daniel J. Morgiewicz, Jr.

Scott participated in joint operations with Spanish ships in the Mediterranean in February 1992 and, in 1995 served in the Gulf of Sidra during the pressure campaign against Libya. She was present during the hijacking of cruise ship Achille Lauro during this deployment. Decommissioned in December 1998, Scott was transferred to Taiwan in May 2003, initially named RCS Tong-Teh, and then towed to Charleston, South Carolina in October 2004. The former Scott was delivered to Su-Ao Naval Base in Taiwan, and commissioned as RCS Tzuo-Ying, in August 2006.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Scott (DD-995)

Scott was built as the U.S. Navy was winding down the use of asbestos on board its warships. Despite the timing, it is probable that some asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were installed on Scott, particularly given that she was intended to serve with a foreign navy not subject to the same rules. The engineering and power compartments on Scott are likely areas where asbestos might still have been used. In other areas of the ship asbestos-containing materials might still have been installed, for example in paints, cements, gaskets and seals, and inside machinery like pumps and turbines.

The more regularly a person comes into contact with asbestos, the greater his chances of becoming ill from exposure. The risk is greater if the asbestos is damaged or worn. Such asbestos may become friable, and is more hazardous because the fibers can enter the air where they are likely to be inhaled or swallowed. Asbestos material damages the mesothelial tissues and may cause mesothelioma.

Sources

Sources

NavSource Naval History. USS Scott (DD-995).
http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/995.htm

Hullnumber.com. USS Scott (DDG-995).
http://www.hullnumber.com/DDG-995

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