The USS Shangri-La (CV/CVA/CVS-38) was designed to be an Essex-class aircraft carrier and had the hull number CV-38. The ship was built in Portsmouth, Virginia, and transported almost 3,500 men aboard. It was 888 feet long and held between 90 and 100 aircraft. It was commissioned in 1940 and was in active service for 31 years, before being decommissioned in 1971.
Of those working in shipyards, shipfitters, machinists, pipefitters, electricians, boilermakers, and painters, experience high exposure to asbestos. A diagnosis of asbestos-related lung cancer typically comes decades after the initial exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, many Navy veterans looking forward to relaxation in retirement instead find themselves facing the considerable stress caused by diagnosing and treating an asbestos illness.