Stuff You Should Know
Built as an Independence-Class Light Aircraft Carrier in Camden, New Jersey, with the hull number CVL-26, USS Monterey was commissioned in 1943. Although it was initially built as a light Cruiser, it was reclassified as a light Aircraft Carrier, being in active service for 13 years before being decommissioned in 1956. It measured 622,5 feet and carried over 1,500 men and 45 aircraft. Veterans who served the US Navy on this ship are likely to be exposed to asbestos, a poisonous material that causes, among others, lung cancer. Because asbestos was commonly found in the equipment on the Navy ships, including boilers, turbines, pumps, valves and electrical components, the crew inhaled the poisoned air and, most of them, become ill after that. Companies that provided the US Navy with this equipment were aware of the danger, but kept silent. This is why veterans have the right now to sue them in order to receive some compensation for the expenses spent with their illness.