The USS Cincinnati (CL-6) was an Omaha-class light cruiser laid down on May 15, 1920, and launched on May 23, 1921. It was commissioned on January 1, 1924, under Capt. Charles P. Nelson’s command with the hull number CL-6 and served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years until it was decommissioned on November 1, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 458 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, the Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, Balboa, Shanghai, Honolulu, Guam, Martinique, Belfast, New York, and Recife. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping in 1946. When asbestos is cut, ground-up or disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers can fly into the air and stay in the atmosphere for a long time. When inhaled, the tiny asbestos fibers get stuck deep in the lungs causing long-term inflammation and scarring. You may have been exposed to asbestos if you worked in an industry such as shipbuilding or served in the U.S. Navy particularly between the 1940s-1980s. Now that asbestos is no longer used, those most at risk of being exposed to asbestos include workers repairing and decommissioning ships built with numerous asbestos-containing materials.