Built by Newport News Shipbuilding in 1970, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier belonging to the Nimitz-class. The ship participated in deployments such as Operation Eagle Claw, as well as in the Gulf War. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower earned several awards, including the Battle “E” for being the most efficient carrier in the Atlantic Fleet and the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award. However, the presence of asbestos on the ship posed a major health threat to everyone who served on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, since the mineral is highly carcinogenic and exposure to it can result in terrible diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. By inhaling or ingesting the tiny fibers of asbestos, military personnel serving aboard the ship would be exposed to the mineral, which may, within 20 to 50 years, cause awful diseases. For this reason, people who were on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower should undergo periodical medical examination, as their risk of developing a disease as a consequence of asbestos exposure is high. At the moment, the ship serves as the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 10.