As a Lexington-class aircraft carrier built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in 1920, the USS Saratoga was one of the first ships to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. During its entire career, the USS Saratoga served in the Pacific Fleet. The ship participated in World War II, as well as in the Guadalcanal Campaign, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, and Operation Crossroads. Due to the numerous convenient properties it had, asbestos was used in large amounts in the building of the USS Saratoga, which unavoidably led to heavy exposure among the military personnel serving aboard the ship. By inhaling or ingesting the microscopic fibers of the mineral, the risk of developing a serious disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma increases considerably. Therefore, people who were present on the USS Saratoga should undergo regular medical examinations so as to early find out about a potential disease they may have developed. In 1946, the ship was sunk by an atomic bomb test.