Stuff You Should Know
Being the only ship of its class, the Wasp-class Aircraft Carrier was built in Quincy, Massachusetts, with the hull number CV-7. It was commissioned in 1940, measured 688 feet in length and carried over 2,000 men on board and up to 100 aircraft. It was one of the first ships to be sent to fight when the war started. It was in active service for two years before being sunk by the Japanese forces. The veterans that served on the USS Wasp CV-7 are likely to have been exposed to asbestos, a common material to build vessel equipment like valves, pumps, turbines, or even electrical component. Despite its functionality, asbestos is very dangerous and, once inhaled, it causes lung cancer. Unfortunately, many of the people who were on board of this ship are now sick and suffer accordingly. They are entitled to sue the companies that provided the US Navy those products because they were well documented on the exposure risk and never mentioned anything about this.