USS Columbia (CL-56) 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 Columbia was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on August 18, 1940 and launched on December 17, the following year. It was commissioned on July 29, 1942 under Capt. W. A. Heard’s command with the hull number CL-56 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on November 30, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Sydney, Buka, Leyte Gulf, Guam, Bonis, Mindoro, New Georgia or Efate. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Columbia received 10 battle stars and one Navy Unit Commendation.     

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