Stuff You Should Know
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 the World War II, it received eight battle stars. The veterans that served on the USS Wasp CV-18 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.