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USS Midway was a Midway-class Aircraft Carrier, built in Newport News, Virginia, with the hull number CV-41. It measured 972 feet and carried over 4,000 men on board. Although it could hold over 130 aircraft, the USS Midway carried between 65 and 100 aircraft. It was commissioned in 1945 and, during its active service of 47 years, it conducted missions both in Vietnam and the Operation Desert Storm. Nowadays, it is a museum ship that can be visited in San Diego, California. Because the ship was built between 1930 and 1970, it is likely to contain asbestos in its components. Veterans who served on board this vessel are likely to suffer now from mesothelioma, a lung type of cancer, due to the exposure to the poisonous material. Places that contained asbestos are the pumps, the valves, the turbines, the electrical components and even the boiler and engine rooms. The companies that provided the US Navy with these infected products were aware of the danger, but kept silent. This is why veterans who suffer now have the right to sue them in order to receive compensation for the expenses spent with this illness.