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Crescent City-Class Attack Transports

The four ships in the Crescent City attack transport class saw service in two wars – World War II and the Korean War – and one ship also served in Vietnam. They were used to transport troops and military equipment to foreign shores for the purpose of invasion using smaller attack boats. This class of transports was notable for its variety in armament, as each ship in the class had a different configuration.

History of Crescent City-Class Vessels

The Crescent City class of ships was built by Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point, Maryland. The USS Crescent City, the first ship in this class, was originally designed to be a part of a passenger service from New Orleans to Argentina operated by Delta Lines. It was launched on February 17, 1940.

However, with war on the horizon, the Crescent City was acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1941 and converted to an attack transport in Mobile, Alabama. The remaining ships in the class were launched in March through September 1942 and commissioned in August through December 1942.

While the USS Crescent City remained in the Pacific Theater for all of World War II, accumulating an impressive total of 10 battle stars, the remaining 3 ships in the series served in both the Mediterranean and Pacific Theatres. One ship took part in the Normandy landings.

After the war Crescent City-class ships were used to redeploy troops for occupation in Japan, China, and Korea and were also used in Operation Magic Carpet – the massive return of troops home to the U.S.

The ships were decommissioned between 1946 and 1948, but two were recommissioned for the Korean War in 1950, during which Calvert earned two more battle stars in addition to the 8 it earned during WWII. These ships were decommissioned again from 1968 to 1977. As a whole, the Crescent City class of attack transports won two Navy Unit Commendations and 33 battle stars for their service.

Ships of the Crescent City Class

The Crescent City class of transports consisted of four ships:

Crescent City-Class Technical Specifications

Technical specifications for this class of attack transport include:

Asbestos Exposure on Crescent-City Class Transports

The ships of the Crescent City-class were built at a time when asbestos was specified by the US Navy as a way to cut ship weight and increase speed while still providing fireproofing and insulation. From pipe and machinery covering to electrical cable sheathing to gasket and packing material and much more, asbestos-containing materials had hundreds of different uses on Navy ships and could be found in virtually all vessel areas.

The companies that sold asbestos products to the Navy never warned that they could cause insidious cancers and respiratory problems. Thousands upon thousands of Navy veterans were exposed to asbestos, and some went on to develop diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Belluck & Fox is a New York law firm that specializes in asbestos lawsuits. We investigate the service history of veterans, tracing their asbestos exposure to specific products used on specific ships and identifying which companies provided the asbestos.

We’ve secured significant compensation for Navy vets and their families, including a recent asbestos verdict worth $32 million. We are committed to obtaining justice for asbestos victims through personalized and professional representation.

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• NavSource Online: USS Charles Carroll (APA-28)
• NavSource Online: USS Monrovia (APA-31)
• HazeGray.org: Calvert
• NavSource Online: USS Calvert (APA-32)

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