The USS Alaska (CB-1) was an Alaska-class large cruiser laid down on December 17, 1941, and launched on August 14, 1943. It was commissioned on June 17, 1944, under Capt. Peter K. Fischler’s command as CB-1 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on February 17, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,517 people and 1 aircraft onboard and had its main missions in New Jersey, Trinidad, Ulithi, Pearl Harbor, Guantanamo Bay, Kyushu, and Okinawa. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1960, and sold for scrapping to the Lipsett Division of Luria Brothers the same year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Alaska received 3 battle stars. Because of its qualities as an insulator, asbestos was used in thousands of products in a variety of industries, including the shipbuilding industry for much of the 1900s. Anyone who served onboard Navy vessels and has been exposed to asbestos should talk to their doctor about the prospect of early screening for the conditions connected to asbestos. If you built, repaired, or served onboard the USS Alaska (CB-1), you are entitled to seek compensation that can include money for lost earnings, medical care, and pain and suffering.