The USS Rendova (CVE-114) was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier laid down on June 15, 1944, and launched on December 29, the same year. It was commissioned on October 22, 1945, with the hull number CVE-114 under Capt. R. W. Ruble’s command and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on June 30, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1066 men on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Hawaii, San Francisco, Turkey, Panama, Suez, Tsingtao, Okinawa, Bremerton, and Korea. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 1, 1971.
Asbestos exposure primarily results from inhalation of air containing microscopic asbestos fibers. Small-diameter asbestos fibers get into the air when manipulated, submitted to mechanical pressure, damaged, disturbed, or removed. When fiber-containing particles remain suspended in the air, it can take many hours to settle on horizontal surfaces, posing a constant and invisible health hazard.