The oldest vessel still active in the U.S. Navy, the USS Enterprise was built in 1960 as the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. She was also built with asbestos, exposing many who served on her to the dangerous carcinogen.
USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (ex-CVAN 65) – Navy Aircraft Carrier (Nuclear-Propulsion)
Classification: Multi-Purpose Aircraft Carrier
Status: Active, In Commission
Launch Date: 9/24/1960
Commission Date: 11/25/1961
Decommission Date: NA
The USS Enterprise has the distinction of being both the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the longest carrier in the world. It is also the oldest vessel still active in the US Fleet. She is due to be decommissioned in 2013. Thus far in her career, she has participated in the following: tracking for the Friendship 7 space shuttle capsule that orbited the earth, formed part of the blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Operation Sea Orbit to sail around the world, participated in the Vietnam War, aided in disaster relief for Typhoon Gervaise, various operations in the Middle East, several training exercises with the British Royal Navy, among many others.
Aircraft Carriers are war ships that are structured to deploy and recover aircraft. They are essentially traveling airbases that have been serving the Navy for one hundred years. These ships are very important to the Navy, and played a major role in World War II. Typically they are considered the capital ship of the fleet and are very expensive to build and maintain there are only twenty one currently operating throughout the world. Often called “floating cities” aircraft carries lack the fire power of other types of ships and are usually accompanied by several other ships in the fleet for protection. Unfortunately, while serving their country, these men were exposed to asbestos while on board aircraft carriers. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping aboard these vessels.
Anyone who served on an aircraft carrier should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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