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Ships built during 1930 and 1970 contained asbestos in their components, a poisonous material. So, places like the engine or boiler room, valves, pumps, turbines or even the electrical component contained the dangerous substance, which, once inhaled, causes serious problems or even lung cancer. One of these vessels is USS Langley CVL-27, an Independence-class light Aircraft Carrier built in Camden, New Jersey, with the hull number CVL-27. It was commissioned in 1943, being named after the previous USS Langley, with the hull number CV-1. It was in active service for the US Navy for 4 years before being decommissioned in 1947. Its main missions were carried within the Pacific Theater during the World War II and it had to attack strategic Japanese targets like the Philippines and the South China Sea. After it was decommissioned, the vessel was moved to France, carrying the name of La Fayette for almost a decade. Veterans who served on USS Langley CVL-27 are likely to be exposed to the asbestos, which might have caused mesothelioma, a type of cancer. Because the companies that provided the poisoned components for the construction of the vessel knew about these side effects but kept silent, veterans who are ill today are entitled to sue those companies in order to receive some compensation.