The USS Altair (AD-11) was an Altair-class destroyer tender laid down on December 18, 1918, and launched on May 10, the following year. It was commissioned on December 6, 1921, under Comdr. J H. Comfort’s command with the hull number AD-11 and served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on July 8, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 481 people on board and had its main missions in Seattle, Norfolk, Hamilton, San Juan, Aruba, Pearl Harbor, and Oahu. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 21, 1946, and sold for scrapping in 1948 to the Basalt Rock Company.
Microscopic asbestos fibers may be released when asbestos-containing products or materials degrade or are disturbed during maintenance or repair work. Those fibers are breathed in and become lodged in the lining of the lungs and other organs. Once asbestos fibers enter the lungs, they can stay there forever causing scarring over time. Exposure to friable asbestos is known to cause a number of respiratory and lung diseases, some with potentially fatal consequences.