USS Cowpens (CV-25/CVL-25/AVT-1) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control RoomDamage Control Room
  • Pump RoomPump Room
  • Propulsion RoomPropulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot MagazinePowder and Shot Magazine
  • Turret 1Turret 1
  • Ward RoomWard Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

  • Junior Officers QuartersJunior Officers Quarters
  • Sick BaySick Bay
  • Mess DeckMess Deck
  • ReeferReefer
  • Pilot HousePilot House
  • Admiral's CabinAdmiral's Cabin
  • GalleyGalley


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Independence-class light aircraft carrier with hull number CVL-25, the ship was built in Camden, New Jersey and was commissioned in 1943. During its service, it took part in lots of fights during the World War II in the Pacific Ocean. Due to its performance, the USS Cowpens received twelve battle stars. Because of the fact that many ships built during 1930-1970 contained asbestos in their constituent, the crew was directly exposed to the toxic substance. Practically, whoever entered the boiler rooms that contained the highest concentration of asbestos, inhaled the toxic air because the rooms were poorly ventilated. Those veterans who are now diagnosed with mesothelioma, have the right to sue the companies that provided the cancerous equipment without warning the people regarding the risk of the exposure.

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