The USS Bastian (CVE-37) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on August 25, 1942, and launched on December 15, the same year. It was commissioned on August 4, 1943, as HMS Trumpeter with the hull number D-09 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 3 years until it was returned to the U.S. Navy on April 6, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board and had its main missions in Norway. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 19, 1946, and sold for scrapping in 1971 in Spain.
Because of its high tensile strength, combined with its characteristics as an excellent fire retardant and temperature insulator, asbestos was widely used in the shipbuilding industry from the 1930s until its use was discontinued in the early 1970s. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving our country, you may be entitled to VA benefits in addition to compensation from asbestos trust funds.