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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.