The USS Core (CVE-13) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on January 2, 1942, and launched on May 15, the same year. It was commissioned on December 10, 1942, under Capt. M. R. Greer’s command with the hull number CVE-13 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on October 4, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board and had its main missions in Alameda, Pearl Harbor, Seattle, Norfolk, Cuba, Yokosuka, and San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on September 15, 1970, and subsequently sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Core received 1 battle star. Because it was cheap and versatile, asbestos was considered a miraculous, indestructible substance with powerful wartime applications, and used in Navy ships until the late 1970s. Because shipyards sold scrap pieces of asbestos-containing ships that were no longer in use, exposure to asbestos continued throughout the 1990s.