The USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier laid down on August 18, 1944, and launched on February 15, the following year. It was commissioned on November 14, 1945, with the hull number CVE-116 under Capt. Thomas A. Turner’s command and served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned on May 17, 1957. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1072 men on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Hawaii, Korea, and Bremerton. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping.
When inhaled, asbestos fibers are highly toxic; they irritate the pleura – the membrane that protects and cushion the lungs and may cause genetic changes that lead to the growth of cancer. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of asbestos cancer among Navy veterans. Navy veterans who developed mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure during service might be able to claim compensation.