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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-16, an Essex-class Aircraft Carrier built in Quincy, Massachusetts, with the hull number CV-16. It was commissioned in 1943, being named after the previous USS Lexington, with the hull number CV-2. It was in active service for the US Navy for 48 years before being decommissioned in 1991. It measured 872 feet and carried 110 aircraft and over 2,600 men on board. Nowadays, this vessel is a museum ship which can be seen in Corpus Christi, Texas. Veterans who served on USS Lexington CV-16 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 for the expenses with the disease.