The USS Colorado (BB-45) was a Colorado-class battleship laid down on May 29, 1919, and launched on March 22, 1921. It was commissioned on August 30, 1923, under Capt. Reginald R. Belknap’s command with the hull number BB-45 and served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years until it was decommissioned on January 7, 1947. During its activity, the ship had its main missions in Cherbourg, Naples, Samoa, Long Beach, Fiji, and Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping on July 23, 1959. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Colorado received 7 battle stars. The reason for the heavy usage of asbestos in the U.S. Navy was that the mineral possesses physical and chemical properties for insulating. Did you help build or serve the U.S. in the Navy aboard the USS Colorado (BB-45)? If so, then you were likely exposed to enormous amounts of asbestos. The areas constituting the highest danger of exposure were those located below the deck. Being in enclosed areas increased the risk of breathing in more asbestos fibers.