Being named after the previous USS Wasp with the hull number CV-7 that had been sunk the previous year, the Essex-class aircraft carrier was built in Quincy, Massachusetts, with the hull number CV-18. It was commissioned in 1943, measured 872 feet in length, and carried over 2,600 men on board and up to 100 aircraft. It was in active service for almost 20 years before being decommissioned in 1972. For its active service during World War II, it received eight battle stars.
Aboard Navy ships, those who served below in the engine rooms or fire rooms, gunners, and gunners’ mates, experienced high exposure to asbestos. If you served in the military and you are experiencing shortness of breath, a persistent cough, chest tightness, loss of appetite with weight loss, it’s important to learn more about where you may have come into contact with the carcinogenic mineral. To explore the possibility of compensation for your exposure to asbestos and your resulting physical suffering, contact us today.