General Dynamics NASSCO, also known as National Steel and Ship Building Company, was started in 1960 in San Diego, California. NASSCO is one of three shipyards owned by General Dynamics Corporation. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, VA, employs over 84,000 people and reported revenues of $27.2 billion in 2007.

NASSCO and the United States Navy 

General Dynamics NASSCO has been recognized as the leader in ship construction and repair for the United States Navy and the Military Sealift Command. NASSCO built over 100 large ocean vessels including carriers and destroyers. Additionally, General Dynamics NASSCO built and repaired numerous Navy support vessels, including:

  • Combat logistic support ships
  • Destroyer support vessels
  • Hospital ships
  • Strategic sealifts

In October 2001, the Navy awarded NASSCO with a $709 million contract to construct and develop two ships for the T-AKE program. T-AKE program ships are dry cargo/ ammunition ships for the Military Sealift Command. Satisfied with the two ships, the Navy asked NASSCO to construct seven additional ships for 3.7 billion dollars.

NASSCO also repaired many ships for the U.S. Navy. In fact, NASSCO was certified as a Master Ship Repair contractor for both the Navy and Military Sealift Command.  

NASSCO’s Facility and Employees

NASSCO’s grounds contain a modern industrial facility encompassing 147 acres in Southern California. NASSCO employs over 4,700 workers including:

  • Welders
  • Riggers
  • Engineers
  • Boilermakers

Asbestos at NASSCO

NASSCO employees who constructed and repaired ships were at an increased risk for asbestos exposure. Asbestos is commonly used in ship insulation, siding, and other materials. Asbestos’s durable and fire resistant properties made it ideal for shipbuilding material. However, asbestos is dangerous when inhaled. When inhaled, asbestos fibers can remain wedged in the lungs causing severe and fatal cancers, including: mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.

Because the dangers of asbestos were unknown before the 1970s, most NASSCO workers did not wear protective clothing or respiratory equipment. Consequently, many workers became terminally ill with asbestos-related diseases. Because asbestos related diseases can take up to 40 years to develop, healthy workers may still become ill sometime in the future.

Asbestos Injuries at General Dynamics NASSCO – California

If you or a loved one has been injured by asbestos exposure that occurred while working at General Dynamics NASSCO, please contact us today as you may be entitled to compensation.  

Published November 17, 2011 by