Stuff You Should Know
As the name suggests, the ship was a Forrestal-class aircraft carrier built in Newport News, Virginia and had the hull number CV-59. Surnamed the “super carrier”, the vessel was commissioned in 1955 and measured almost 1,100 feet in its total length. It was the first ship that was built with an angled flight deck and with a steam catapult. Its decommissioning took place in 1993, after almost 40 years of service. Because the ship was built in 1950, it stands among the ships built between 1930 and 1970, which were built with asbestos within them. The electrical components, the boiler and engine rooms, the valves and the pumps, they all contained asbestos. The crew members who served on these ships were more likely to get sick because of the poor ventilation in the engine and boiler rooms. This way, they developed mesothelioma, a lung cancer that appears after the exposure to asbestos. If this disease is diagnosed on time, treatment can help in relieving symptoms. Otherwise, a clever thing to do is to sue those companies that provided the contaminated products and to receive some compensation, because those companies kept silent willingly.