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The USS Oriskany 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. Because the ship was built between 1930 and 1970, it is likely that the crew was exposed to asbestos, a very common material used to build the equipment on the US Navy ships. Places like boilers, valves, turbines, pumps or even electrical components contained asbestos, which was inhaled by the veterans that served on board. Due to the poorly ventilated air in some of these spaces, they are likely to have developed mesothelioma, a lung type of cancer. The companies that provided this equipment to the US Navy were aware of the danger, but they kept silent. This negligence caused the health of a lot of veterans so, they are now entitled to sue those companies in order to receive compensation for their suffering.