Stuff You Should Know
The 1,123-foot ship was constructed in Newport News, Virginia, and was an Enterprise-class aircraft carrier. It started its service in 1961 and served the US Navy for 52 years, until 2013 when it was decommissioned. The great number of people who were on board during its service, almost 6,000 men, worries nowadays. The ships built between 1930-1970 contained asbestos, a very toxic substance that causes lung cancer. Because almost the entire equipment of a ship contained asbestos, the crew inhaled intoxicated air all the time they were on board. Unfortunately, companies that provided the manufacturers this equipment did not specify the high risk of their merchandise. This is why veterans who are sick now have the right to sue those companies because they were not aware of the danger.