The USS St. Joseph (AVG/CVE/ACV-50) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on March 25, 1943, and launched on August 21, the same year. It was commissioned on December 22, 1943, as HMS Ruler with the hull number D-72 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 29, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 646 men on board and had its main missions in the North Atlantic. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred back to the USA on January 28, 1946, and struck from the Navy List on May 13.
Serving on the USS St. Joseph (AVG/CVE/ACV-50) or assisting in the construction, repair, renovation or decommissioning of an escort carrier puts you at risk for developing malignant conditions such as lung cancer, bronchial cancer, and mesothelioma. If you built, repaired, or served onboard the USS St. Joseph (AVG/CVE/ACV-50) and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation.