The USS Arkansas (BB-33) was a Wyoming-class battleship laid down on January 25, 1910, and launched one year later on January 14, 1911, with the hull number BB-33. The ship received the name of the 25th state of America, it was commissioned on September 17, 1912, and carried a complement of 1,063 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel was able to participate both in World War I and in World War II. For the services brought to the USA during the two world wars, the ship received 4 battle stars and many awards.
For those who served or worked on the USS Arkansas (BB-33) or have been involved in its repair, learning more about asbestos exposure is imperative. Asbestos was the insulation of choice for boilers, engine rooms, steam pipes, and ships’ interiors. An increased risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses was later found among naval personnel and shipyard workers.