The USS Niantic (CVE-46) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on January 5, 1943, and launched on June 2, the same year. It was commissioned on November 8, 1943, as HMS Ranee with the hull number D-03 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on January 22, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board. After the decommissioning, the USS Niantic (CVE-46) was transferred back to the USA and struck from the Navy List on January 22, 1947.
In addition to asbestos being used in many industrial products, it was also extensively used aboard aircraft carriers, amphibious warships, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, escorts, frigates, minesweepers, submarines, auxiliary ships, and merchant marine ships built in the mid-20th century. In fact, Navy veterans are one of the most at-risk groups for mesothelioma and have high rates of developing this type of cancer.