Stuff You Should Know
Being the first ship to be a Ranger-class, this Aircraft Carrier was built in Newport News, Virginia, with the hull number CV-4. It was commissioned in 1934, being in active service for 12 years until it was decommissioned in 1946. It measured 769 feet and carried over 2,000 men and held a maximum of 86 aircraft. Sadly, the veterans that served the US Navy on USS Ranger CV-4 were likely exposed to asbestos, a very dangerous material that causes severe diseases like mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer. Spaces with the highest risk of exposure were the ones that were the least ventilated, thus, contained the highest concentration of asbestos, for instance: the pumps, the valves, the turbines or the engine and boiler rooms. The companies that provided the contaminated products to the US Navy were well documented on the exposure risk, but kept silent. This is why those who suffer now from mesothelioma should contact a lawyer and sue those firms in order to receive compensation for their suffering.