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Vessels built during 1930-1970 contained asbestos in their components. Thus, places like the engine and boilers room or the valves, the pumps, the turbines contained this poisonous substance which was toxic for the crew on board. One of the ships that find itself in this situation is USS Langley CV-1. The ship was built in Vallejo, California with the hull number CV-1, being a Langley-Class Aircraft Carrier. It was commissioned in 1913, being in active service for 29 years, before sinking in 1942. It was smaller than the previous ships presented before, measuring 542 feet and carrying almost 500 men on board. Considering the era in which the ship was built, the crew on the USS Langley was likely exposed to asbestos during the course of regular duty. So, veterans that suffer now from the exposure to asbestos have the right to sue the companies that provided the poisonous materials.