The USS Bremerton (CA-130) was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on February 1, 1943, and launched on July 2, 1944. It was commissioned on April 29, the following year under Capt. John Boyd Mallard’s command as CA-130 and served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on July 29, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,042 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Guantanamo, San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, Formosa, and New York. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on October 1, 1973, and sold for scrapping to the Zidell Explorations Corporation in Portland the following year. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, the ship received 2 battle stars. Because of its heat-resistant properties, asbestos was used in almost every ship built by the U.S. Navy for over 40 years. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Bremerton (CA-130), you can access medical and financial benefits through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Specifically, the VA notes that the asbestos exposure risk was greatest for those Navy veterans involved in working on ships or in shipyards.