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USS Lake Champlain was an Essex-Class Aircraft Carrier who served the US Navy from 1945 and until 1966. It was built in Portsmouth, Virginia, with the hull number CV-39. It carried over 3,400 officers and over 90 aircraft. Although it did not participate in the World War II, it participated in other missions like the Operation Magic Carpet, bringing overseas troops back to America, being acknowledged one of the fastest ships in the fleet. Because the ship was built between 1930 and 1970, the vessel contained asbestos in many of its components, like the engine and the boiler spaces, the valves, the turbines and the electrical components. The manufacturers knew about these toxic components but they chose not to say anything about this matter. The victims got intoxicated due to the poorly ventilated air that determined an environment with high concentrations of airborne asbestos fibers, so they have the right to sue them now in order to receive some compensation.