USS Birmingham (CL-62) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control RoomDamage Control Room
  • Pump RoomPump Room
  • Propulsion RoomPropulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot MagazinePowder and Shot Magazine
  • Turret 1Turret 1
  • Ward RoomWard Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

  • Junior Officers QuartersJunior Officers Quarters
  • Sick BaySick Bay
  • Mess DeckMess Deck
  • ReeferReefer
  • Pilot HousePilot House
  • Admiral's CabinAdmiral's Cabin
  • GalleyGalley


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USS Birmingham was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on February 17, 1941 and launched on March 20, the following year. It was commissioned on January 29, 1943 under Capt. John Wilkes’ command with the hull number CL-62 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on January 2, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Formosa, Sicily, Leyte Gulf, Okinawa, Luzon, Tinian, Tarawa, Iwo Jima or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping at Long Beach the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Birmingham received 9 battle stars.    

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