The USS Algol (AKA-54) was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on December 10, 1942, and launched on February 17, 1943, with the hull number AKA-54. It was commissioned for the first time on November 27, 1943, and served in the US Navy for a month until it was decommissioned in December 1943. It carried a complement of 247 men on board. On January 1, 1969, the ship was reclassified as an amphibious cargo ship with the hull number LKA-54. During World War II, the ship operated in Saipan, Mariana Islands, New Guinea, Admiralty Islands, Ryukyu Islands, Hawaii, Ulithi, and Tsingtao. It also participated in the Korean War and it had the main missions in Japan, Yokosuka, Wonsan, Inchon, and Hong Kong. Although asbestos-containing materials are now banned or regulated, they are still present in older ships that were modernized during refits. The expenses and suffering associated with asbestos-related diseases are overwhelming. The costs include the loss of income, medical treatments, and pain and suffering. The victims in most cases are shipyard workers and veterans who were exposed to asbestos while serving the US Navy.