Stuff You Should Know
The second Saratoga ship, a Forrestal-class Aircraft Carrier with the hull number CV-60, was commissioned in 1956 and was being in active service for almost 40 years before being decommissioned in 1994. The ship measured 1,063 feet in length and carried over 5,500 men and between 70 and 90 aircraft. Although it was considered one of the “super carriers” of the US Navy, it received only a battle star. Unfortunately, USS Saratoga CV-60 was another ship doomed to be exposed to asbestos, a poisonous material used to build equipment for ships. Many of the veterans who served the US Navy on this ship are likely to suffer now from mesothelioma, the lung cancer caused by the exposure to asbestos. Spaces with the highest concentrations of asbestos on a ship were the pumps, the valves, the turbines and the engine and boiler rooms with poor ventilation. Once inhaled, the air contaminated with asbestos causes severe problems in lungs and companies that provided the products to build the ship were aware of this fact. Nevertheless, they remained silent and many people got sick accordingly. For the expenses spent with their disease, they have the right to sue those companies in order to receive some compensation for their suffering.