The USS Cordova (CVE-39) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on September 22, 1942, and launched on January 30, the following year. It was commissioned on August 25, 1943, as HMS Khedive with the hull number D-62 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on July 19, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 646 men on board. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred back to the USA on January 26, 1946, and sold for scrapping in Spain in 1975. During World War II, the construction and repair of escort aircraft carriers relied heavily on asbestos-containing products. Asbestos was found in various areas in these ships, particularly in the boiler rooms and engineering spaces. Exposure to asbestos aboard naval vessels caused many veterans to later develop lung cancer, asbestosis, and other serious asbestos-related conditions. If you or your family member is the victim of asbestos exposure while serving in the Navy, it’s important to partner with a reputable attorney with experience in handling asbestos cases, in order to secure the compensation that you deserve.