The USS Celeno (AK-76) was a Crater-class cargo ship that served the US Navy in World War II. It was laid down on 3 November 1942 by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California. The ship was commissioned on 2 January the next year under Lieutenant Commander Niles E. Lanphere’s command. The Celeno joined to Pacific Fleet with the mission to support the operations on Guadalcanal and throughout the Solomons with cargo from New Zealand. The ship received three battle stars for its service in World War II. The USS Celeno was decommissioned on the 1st of March 1946 and scrapped on August 4th, 1961.
Asbestos-containing materials were used in almost every ship built by the U.S. Navy for over 40 years, before 1980. Engine and boiler rooms, mess halls, navigation rooms, sleeping quarters and other common areas on Navy ships contained asbestos. This means that Navy veterans are among the highest risk groups for developing asbestos-related diseases. Veterans who got sick because of military asbestos exposure may be able to access financial compensation and other VA benefits.