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The USS Leyte was an Essex-class Aircraft Carrier built in Newport News, Virginia, with the hull number CV-32. It measured 888 feet and carried over 90 aircraft and almost 3,500 men. It was commissioned in 1946 and, during the 13 years of active service, it received two battle stars before being decommissioned in 1959. Ships built during 1930 and 1970 contained asbestos in their components, a very poisonous material which causes severe diseases. One of the diseases is mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer, developed after the inhalation of asbestos within lungs. Veterans who served the US Navy in this ship are likely to suffer from it nowadays due to the exposure of such dangerous substance. Places that contained asbestos were the pumps, the valves, the turbines, the electrical components or the engine and boilers rooms. Because the companies that provided the infected elements to build the ship were aware of this potential danger, veterans who suffer now have the right to sue them in order to receive compensation for their disease.