The USS Lake Champlain (CV/CVA/CVS-39) was an Essex-class aircraft carrier who served the U.S. 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 World War II, it participated in other missions like Operation Magic Carpet, bringing overseas troops back to America, being acknowledged as one of the fastest ships in the fleet.
According to the most recent statistics, there are more than 18 million veterans in the U.S. and about 50 percent are age 60 or older. Since the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases can take decades to first present, many veterans may not know they have asbestos cancer until later in life when the disease is in the final stages. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledged the link between the veteran's contact with asbestos and severe illnesses.