Previously being called the USS Kearsarge, this ship was renamed after the famous USS Hornet CV-8 in order to honor its memory. It was an Essex-class aircraft carrier and had the hull number CV-12. It was built in Newport News, Virginia and conducted operations in the Pacific Ocean during the World War II. It served the US Navy for 27 years, since 1943 and until 1970. The vessel helped in the Apollo mission, rescuing astronauts after their return from the Moon. Many of the sailors that completed their service on this ship were likely to get sick because of the asbestos-contaminated air. Companies that provided elements for this ship to be built used asbestos, which is a lethal substance. Due to the exposure in the engine and boiler rooms, the veterans that stayed longer in those chambers are now suffering from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. They have the right to sue those companies now because no one warned them about the danger.