Stuff You Should Know
Named after the previous USS Yorktown with the hull number CV-5which had been sunk during the Battle of Midway, this Essex-class Aircraft Carrier was built in Newport News, Virginia, with the hull number CV-10. It was commissioned in 1943, measured 872 feet in length and carried 2,600 men on board and up to 100 aircraft. During its active service in the World War II, it received eleven battle stars before being decommissioned in 1970. People who served on this ship are likely to have been exposed to asbestos considering the period in which this ship was built. Asbestos is a very dangerous material that was commonly used to build vessel equipment for the US Navy. The places with the highest concentration of asbestos on these ships were the turbines, the valves, the pumps or even the engine and boiler rooms. Once inhaled due to the poor ventilation in these spaces, many of the veterans are likely to suffer now from mesothelioma, which is a type of lung cancer. Because of the fact that companies that provided these products knew about the exposure risk to asbestos but never mentioned anything about this, veterans have the right to sue them in order to receive compensation for the costs spent with their disease.