The USS St. Simon (CVE-51) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on April 26, 1943, and launched on September 9, the same year. It was commissioned on December 31, 1943, as HMS Arbiter with the hull number D-31 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 12, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board and had its main missions in the Atlantic and the British Isles. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred back to the USA and sold for scrapping in 1972 in Taiwan.
Most of the equipment of the USS St. Simon (CVE-51) was made of mixtures containing large amounts of asbestos, from boilers to gaskets, valves, pipes, and many others. These components had to be regularly inspected and repaired, leading to the inevitable disturbance of asbestos fibers. If you are a Navy veteran and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, you may be eligible to receive compensation.