Stuff You Should Know
Midway-class aircraft carrier with the hull number CV-42, this ship was built in Brooklyn, New York. It was commissioned in 1945, just after the World War II ended and it served the US Navy for 32 years before being decommissioned in 1977. Its importance in the field is due to the fact that it was the first carrier that had nuclear weapons on board. The crew that was on board was likely to be contaminated with asbestos, a dangerous substance for the human body. This was possible due to the components of the ship that were manufactured with asbestos that poisoned the air in closed environments. So, many of the veterans who worked on this ship inhaled this contaminated air from the poorly ventilated rooms of engine and boilers. They now have the right to sue the companies who provided the products for the vessel to be assembled, because they knew about this risk, but decided to keep stay silent.