The USS Delgada (AVG/ACV/CVE-40) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on October 9, 1942, and launched on February 20, the following year. It was commissioned on November 20, 1943, as HMS Speaker with the hull number D-90 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 3 years until it was returned to the US Navy on July 27, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 646 men on board and had its main missions in Panama, Norfolk, Staten Island, Liverpool, Greenock, Gibraltar, Colombo, Ceylon, Alexandria, and Aden. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping in 1972 in Taiwan. The USS Delgada (AVG/ACV/CVE-40) was just one of many Navy ships built at a time when the use of asbestos was abundant and used to its maximum capacity. Asbestos is recognized as a major health hazard. Exposure occurs by the inhalation of microscopic fibers when asbestos-containing materials are handled during repair or maintenance work.