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The vessel is a Forrestal-class Aircraft Carrier, built in Newport News, Virginia, with the hull number CV-61 in order to differentiate it from the previous USS Ranger with the hull number CV-4. Its active service lasted for 37 years, since it was commissioned in 1957 and until 1993, when it was decommissioned. It conducted missions in Vietnam and received thirteen battle stars. The ship measured 1,046 feet, carried over 3,800 men and held between 70 and 90 aircraft. While other ships were made museum pieces, this one has an uncertain fate and waits to see of it will be scrapped or converted into a museum. Unfortunately, people who served on board were likely exposed to asbestos, an extremely dangerous material, commonly used to build ship equipment during 1930 and 1970. This substance causes, among others, mesothelioma, a type of cancer in the lungs, but companies that provided the US Navy the contaminated products were aware of this risk and never mentioned about it. Now, people who suffer in consequence have the right to sue them to receive compensation for the expenses spent with their disease.