Stuff You Should Know
The USS Princeton was an Independence-class Light Aircraft Carrier built in Camden, New Jersey, with the hull number CVL-23. Although it was initially built as a light Cruiser, the vessel was converted in 1942, when it started its active service. It earned nine battle stars before sinking in 1944 as a result of fires caused by a Japanese dive bomber. Because the ship was built between 1930 and 1970, many of the veterans who served on board of USS Princeton are likely to have been exposed to asbestos, a very dangerous material that causes severe problems. Equipment such as turbines, valves, pumps or boilers contained asbestos that was inhaled by the crew. This way, nowadays, many of the veterans from this vessel suffer from mesothelioma, or, simply said, lung cancer. Companies that provided this equipment knew about the risk of exposure to asbestos, but kept silent. People who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have the right to sue the companies in order to receive some compensation for the expenses spent with their disease.