The HMS Ravager (D70) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on April 11, 1942, and launched on July 16, the same year. It was commissioned on April 25, 1943, as HMS Ravager with the hull number D-70 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned in February 1946. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred back to the USA in July 1976 and sold for scrapping in 1973.
Asbestos was widely used throughout the Navy ships from bow to stern, in boiler and engine rooms, and as insulation and protection around any heat-producing equipment. Navy veterans who served from World War II faced not only the deadly threat from the enemy but tragically from the asbestos onboard their own ships also. Hundreds of ships were built with asbestos materials, leaving millions of veterans and shipyard workers at risk of exposure and later developing asbestos-related illnesses.