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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 Lexington CV-2, a Lexington-class Aircraft Carrier built in Quincy, Massachusetts, with the hull number CV-2. It was originally built as a Battlecruiser in the early 1920s, being converted into a Lexington-class between 1922 and 1925. Then, it was commissioned in 1927, sometimes known as the “Gray Lady”, with the hull number CV-2. It was in active service for the US Navy for 15 years before being sunk in 1942 by the USS Phelps to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. It measured 888 feet and carried over 2,100 men and 91 aircraft. After it was sunk, the vessel was struck from the Naval Vessel Register the same year. Veterans who served on USS Lexington CV-2 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.