Naval Station Ingleside – Texas
History of Naval Station Ingleside
In 1988, the Naval Station Ingleside was established in the Gulf of Mexico region known as Coastal Bend, Texas. Naval Station Ingleside was originally founded to be the permanent docking site for the USS Lexington and USS Wisconsin. However, in 1991, these vessels were decommissioned and the Naval Station Ingleside became the Navy’s “Mine Warfare Center of Intelligence.”?
The Naval Station Ingleside became the docking site of Avenger Class mine countermeasure ships and Osprey Class coastal mine hunters. The Naval Station Ingleside encompassed a majority of the U.S. Navy’s mine countermeasure activity.
In 2005, the Department of Defense recommended that the Naval Station Ingleside close so naval resources could be re-aligned .However, the U.S. Navy commission felt that a naval presence in South Texas was important because 50% of the nation’s oil and gas shipments passed through the area. Ultimately, it was decided that other neighboring naval stations could effectively respond to potential threatening situations. On August 24, 2005, the Naval Station Ingleside was closed.
Asbestos at the Naval Station Ingleside
The Naval Station Ingleside was home to many older vessels that were repaired at the facility. Some older vessels contained asbestos, a fibrous material used extensively in shipbuilding and repair when people were unaware of the dangers of asbestos exposure. When asbestos materials are manipulated, asbestos fibers may become airborne. Naval Station Ingleside workers may have inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers. When inhaled, asbestos fibers can become lodged in the lungs or protective lining surrounding the body’s organs and cause severe and fatal health problems, including mesothelioma.
Asbestos Injuries at the Naval Station Ingleside – Texas
If you or a loved one worked for the Naval Station Ingleside, you may have been exposed to asbestos. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases, please contact our offices today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your legal rights.