The USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier laid down on March 13, 1991, and launched on November 13, 1993. It was commissioned on December 9, 1995, with the hull number CVN-74 and it is still serving in the US Navy. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 3,200 people on board and 90 aircraft and had its main missions in San Diego, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Bremerton, the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Persian Gulf.
Asbestos was used in areas where there was a need for sound or weather insulation, so it was placed around pipes, beams, ducts, wiring, shingles, tiles, flooring, and panels. Lung cancer is now responsible for roughly one-half of the deaths that occur from past asbestos exposures. Lung cancer usually begins as a tumor in the lower lobes of the lungs. Generally, the earliest symptom is the development of a persistent cough or change in chronic cough. Later symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, pain, and general weakness. Other cancers have been noted in a very small number of individuals who are occupationally exposed to asbestos.