Ships built between 1930 and 1970 contained asbestos in their components, a poisonous material. Places like the engine or boiler room, valves, pumps, turbines, or even the electrical component contain this dangerous substance, which, once inhaled, causes serious problems or even lung cancer. One of these vessels is the USS Langley (CVL-27), an Independence-class light aircraft carrier built in Camden, New Jersey, with the hull number CVL-27. Named after the previous USS Langley, it was commissioned in 1943, with the hull number CV-1. It was in the active service of the U.S. Navy for 4 years before being decommissioned in 1947. Its main missions were carried out within the Pacific Theater during 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 LaFayette for almost a decade. Veterans who served on this ship are likely to have been exposed to asbestos, which might cause them life-threatening diseases. Because the companies that provided the asbestos-containing components for the construction of the vessel knew about these side effects but kept silent, veterans may seek compensation by filing asbestos claims with asbestos trusts created on behalf of negligent asbestos companies that have gone bankrupt, and additionally with the VA.