The USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19) was an Essex-class aircraft carrier, built in Quincy, Massachusetts, with hull number CV-19. It served the U.S. Navy for over 30 years, from 1944 and until 1976. During its service, the ship carried almost 100 aircraft and a complement of over 3,400 crew members and officers. Ships that were built between 1930 and 1970 were built with some parts that had asbestos in their composition.
Numerous studies have consistently demonstrated that exposure to chrysotile asbestos has a strong relationship with lung cancer and some connection to other forms of cancer. We find it tragic that so many men and women who devoted their lives to serving our country are now at risk for serious or deadly asbestos illnesses. Since it was built near the middle of the last century, the USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19) most likely contained asbestos in the wall insulation, which represented a great health hazard to the people who served on it.