Stuff You Should Know
The Saipan-class light Aircraft Carrier was built in Camden, New Jersey with the hull number CVL-49. It was named after the Wright Brothers and was commissioned in 1947 and served for 15 years before being reclassified as a Command Ship. Overall, the ship was in active service for 23 years before being decommissioned in 1970 by the US Navy. People who served on board of this ship were likely to be exposed to asbestos, a commonly used substance to build vessel equipment, but which is extremely dangerous. Once inhaled, asbestos causes severe problems in the lungs. One of the most common diseases among people who were exposed to asbestos is mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. The spaces with the highest concentrations of asbestos on a vessel were the engine and boiler rooms because of the poor ventilation. Despite all of that, companies that provided the products to the US Navy were aware of the danger, but kept silent. This is the main reason why people who suffer now should sue them in order to receive compensation for their costs spent with their disease.