The USS Columbus (CG-12) was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on June 28, 1943, and launched on November 30, 1944. It was commissioned on June 8, 1945, under Capt. Allen Hobbs’s command as CA-74 and served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on January 31, 1975. On September 30, 1959, the ship was reclassified as a guided-missile cruiser with the hull number CG-12. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,906 people on board and had its main missions in Tsingtao, Norfolk, Boston, San Pedro, Bremerton, and Yokosuka. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 9, 1976, and sold for scrapping to Union Minerals & Alloys Corporation in 1977.
When inhaled, asbestos fibers are absorbed into the lungs eventually making their way to the edges of the lungs and into the pleura, causing inflammation and scarring. In rare cases, asbestos fibers can also affect tissue in the abdomen, triggering the development of peritoneal mesothelioma. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include abdominal pain and swelling, weight loss, fatigue, anemia, and digestive disturbances.