Stuff You Should Know
USS Intrepid received the nickname The Fighting “I” because of the important role during the war. It was one of the 24 Essex-class that were built during the World War II with the hull number CV-11 which was commissioned in 1943. After the war ended, the ship was reclassified as an Attack Carrier but before being decommissioned in 1974, it was reclassified again as an Antisubmarine Carrier. Overall, the ship was in the US Navy service for 31 years, it carried over 2,600 men and held almost 100 aircraft. Veterans who served on USS Intrepid are likely to suffer now from mesothelioma, a type of cancer, because of the exposure to asbestos. This substance is extremely poisonous and, inhaled within the lungs, it can cause cancer. Some of the elements that composed the ship were constructed with asbestos, for instance: the turbines, the valves, the pumps, the boilers and the most dangerous places on board that presented a high risk of exposure were the engine room and boiler spaces. Because of the poor ventilation in those spaces, people who spent a lot of time there are likely to be sick nowadays. Veterans who suffer from mesothelioma are entitled to sue the companies that provided the elements for the construction of the ship, because these were aware of the high risk of exposure, but decided to remain silent.