The USS Ticonderoga (CV/CVA/CVS-14) was an Essex-class Aircraft Carrier built in Newport News, Virginia, with the hull number CV-14. It was commissioned in 1944 and was in active service for almost 30 years before being decommissioned in 1973. Like the majority of Essex-class vessels, this one was 888 feet long, carried almost 3,500 men, and between 90 and 100 aircraft. It participated in World War II and won five battle stars. In addition, it was extremely active in the Vietnam conflict which brought it another twelve battle stars. Considering the era in which the ship was built, the crew on the USS Ticonderoga was likely exposed to asbestos during the course of regular duty. So, veterans that suffer now from exposure to asbestos have the right to file a claim for compensation. Asbestos fibers cause an inflammatory response in the lungs, which may lead to interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, diffuse pleural thickening, or pleural effusion. Although they can be treated, these chronic and progressive lung diseases can't be cured. Doctors generally attempt to ease the symptoms and prevent further medical complications from developing.