The USS Oriskany (CV/CVA-34) was an Essex-class aircraft carrier built in Brooklyn, New York, with the hull number CV-34. The ship was commissioned in 1950 and measured 904 feet in length. It carried over 2,600 men and over 90 aircraft on board. Although it was built late after the end of World War II, it served in the post-World War II conflicts in the Pacific. During its active service, it received two battle stars in the Korean War and five in Vietnam. The ship was decommissioned in 1976, but it was sunk to form an artificial reef on the coast of Florida in 2006.
Asbestos is a proven carcinogen and is the cause of multiple types of cancer. All military branches utilized asbestos mainly for insulation purposes, but more than 300 products containing asbestos were used primarily by the Navy from the 1930s through the 1970s. Consequently, Navy veterans are one of the largest groups affected by occupational asbestos exposure.