Stuff You Should Know
Initially built as a light Cruiser in Camden, New Jersey, the USS Independence was an Independence-class light Aircraft Carrier with the hull number CVL-22. It was commissioned in 1943 and, during its service in the World War II operated most of the time in the Pacific Theater. After the war, the vessel gained eight battle stars for the missions conducted on that front. Its service lasted only for 3 years, from 1943 until 1946. Ships built during 1930 and 1970 were most of the times constructed with asbestos, a very poisonous material. Many of the components of the ships like boilers, turbines, valves or even electrical components contained asbestos that was emanated into thin air. Thus, many of the veterans directly exposed to it are more likely to suffer now from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. The companies that provided the materials to build the vessel were aware of the high risk of getting sick from asbestos exposure, but kept silent. Now, the veterans that suffer from this disease have the right to sue those companies for compensation.