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Originally established in 1891, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard was originally known as Navy Yard Puget Sound in 1901. The shipyard’s primary function during WWI involved ship construction.

During the war, seven submarines, 25 sub chasers, seven sea-going tugs, two ammunition ships, 1,700 small boats and two minesweepers were built. The Shipyard later repaired damaged ships belonging to the U.S. and Allied Fleets during WWII.


The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard received its current name after WWII. During that period, the shipyard kept busy modernizing carriers which included converting conventional flight decks to angle decks. The yard then activated ships during the Korean conflict and in the late 1950s began to once again focus on new construction. At that time it delivered a new class of guided missile frigates. The first nuclear-powered submarine worked on at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard was the USS SCULPIN (SSN 590) in 1965.

Located adjacent to the city of Bremerton in Western Washington, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is the largest and most diverse shipyard on the West Coast and provides the Northwest’s largest naval shore activity. The Shipyard stretches over 327 acres with 338 acres of submerged land. The complex includes four moorings, nine piers, 382 buildings, and six dry docks. Dry dock No. 6 holds the record as the largest on the West Coast.

The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is one of many shipyards known to have used asbestos throughout the ships. Common equipment that contained the toxin included boilers, pumps, valves, turbines, insulation, pipes, pipe coverings and much more. The fibers were easily disturbed during construction, use and repair.

Many shipyard trades put workers at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma. Common at-risk occupations include electricians, pipefitters, boilermakers, mechanics, plumbers, welders and those working with pipe coverings and asbestos insulation.

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Tara Strand Senior Content Writer

Tara Strand specializes in researching and writing about asbestos, raising awareness and advocating for a ban.


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Jennifer Lucarelli Legal Advisor and Contributor

Jennifer Lucarelli is a partner at the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, specializing in asbestos litigation.


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