ALPHABETIZED SHIPS LISTED BY THE VA
AS HAVING EXPOSURE TO AGENT ORANGE

The list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange has moved to the Veterans Benefits Administration compensation website.

The updated list can now be found on VBA’s “Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange” Web page.

IMPORTANT: Ships are regularly added to the list based on updated information confirmed in official records of ship operations.

Note: Even if your ship or boat is not included in the Mobile Riverine Force, Inshore Fire Support Division 93, or the above designations, it may still appear in our alphabetized list of ships that had contact with Agent Orange.

The VA maintains a list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange based on military records.

This evolving list helps Veterans who served aboard ships, including “Blue Water Veterans,” find out if they may qualify for the presumption of herbicide exposure.

Veterans must meet VA’s criteria for service in Vietnam, which includes military service aboard boats on the inland waterways or brief visits ashore, to be presumed to have been exposed to herbicides unless they are on the List of Ships already approved.

Veterans who qualify for the presumption of herbicide exposure are not required to show they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides when seeking VA compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.

Check the list of ships that had contact with Agent Orange.

You can search the link below to see if your ship is listed.

Ship not on the list and you think it should be?

  • You served on ships or boats that were part of the Mobile Riverine Force or Inshore Fire Support Division 93, or
  • You had 1 of the following designations:
    • AGP (Assault Group Patrol/Patrol Craft Tender)
    • LCM (Landing Craft, Mechanized)
    • LCU (Landing Craft, Utility)
    • LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel)
    • LST (Landing Ship, Tank)
    • PBR (Patrol Boat, River)
    • PCF (Patrol Craft, Fast or Swift Boat)
    • PG (Patrol Gunboat)
    • STABS (Strike Assault Boats)
    • WAK (Cargo Vessel)
    • WHEC (High Endurance Cutter)
    • WLB (Buoy Tender)
    • WPB (Patrol Boat)
    • YFU (Harbor Utility Craft)

 Note: Even if your ship or boat is not included in the Mobile Riverine Force, Inshore Fire Support Division 93, or the above designations, it may still appear in our alphabetized list of ships that had contact with Agent Orange.

Check the list of ships that had contact with Agent Orange.

You can search the link below to see if your ship is listed.

https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/agent-orange/navy-coast-guard-ships-vietnam/

EXAMPLE OF SHIPS LISTED ON ALPHABETIZED LISTING OF SHIPS

They are listed alphabetically by ship type. Example, ACV, ADG, etc.

USS Card (ACV-11) [Escort Aircraft Carrier] mined, sunk, and salvaged in Saigon River Harbor during May 1964

USS Core (ACV-13) travelled on Saigon River to delivered aircraft to Saigon during June 1965

USS Bennington (CVS-20) [Anti-Submarine Aircraft Carrier] entered Qui Nhon Bay Harbor to pick up Bob Hope for onboard Christmas show on December 26, 1966

USS Surfbird (ADG-383) [Degaussing Ship] conducted anti-mine degaussing operation for ships on Qui Nhon Bay during November 1967 and August 1969 (see other categories)

USS Wrangell (AE-12) [Auxiliary Explosive, Ammunition Ship] entered Mekong River Delta to supply ammunition for US Coast Guard vessel on November 21, 1968

USS Firedrake (AE-14) operated on Ganh Rai Bay during April 1966 USS Pictor (AF-54) [Auxiliary Stores Ship] entered Cua Viet River while delivering supplies to Dong Ha during September 1967 (see other category)

USS Vega (AF-59) conducted resupply operations on Mekong River Delta September 13, 1966 (see other category) USS Mars (AFS-1) [Combat Stores Ship] operated on Mekong River July 8, 1966

USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) unloaded supplies on Saigon River and Cam Ranh Bay

USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) operated on Cua Ham Loung River and Mekong River Delta during April 1966 and Mekong River Delta during March 1969

Agent Orange Ships,

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