The USS Randolph was an Essex-class Aircraft Carrier, built in Newport News, Virginia, with the hull number CV-15. It was commissioned by the US Navy in 1944 and conducted operations in the Pacific Theater, receiving three battle stars before being decommissioned in 1969. Veterans who served the US Navy on the USS Randolph are likely to have been exposed to asbestos during their active service due to the exposure of the equipment built with the dangerous material. Asbestos is a very dangerous substance that causes serious diseases like mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. The engine and boilers spaces presented the highest risk of exposure because of the poor ventilation. Companies that provided the US Navy with the contaminated products were aware of the danger, but decided to keep the silence, their negligence costing the health and life of many people. This is why the persons who suffer now from mesothelioma have the right to sue them to be compensated for the expenses spent with their disease.