The USS Croatan (CVE-25) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on April 15, 1942, and launched on August 1, the same year. It was commissioned on April 28, 1943, under Capt. J. B. Lyon’s command with the hull number CVE-25 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 20, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Norfolk, Casablanca, North Africa, Bermuda, and Cuba. After the decommissioning, the ship was placed again in service to serve in the Military Sea Transportation Service. It was struck from the Navy Register on September 15, 1970, and sold for scrapping in 1971.
According to information compiled from naval shipyards and military records, there were identified a number of asbestos-laden products known to be responsible for asbestos exposure aboard naval vessels. These include boilers, valves, thermal material, pipe insulation, block insulation, hydraulic assemblies, brakes, gaskets, paneling, floor coverings, deck-covering materials, adhesives, bedding compound cement, and mortar and aggregate mixtures.