The USS Dale (DLG-19/CG-19) was a Leahy-class cruiser laid down on September 6, 1960, and launched on June 28, 1962. It was commissioned on November 23, the following year as DLG-19 and served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on September 27, 1994. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 445 people on board and had its main missions in Mayport, Constanta, Villefranche-cur-Mer, Athens, Malaga, the Gulf of Mexico, the Suez Canal, and Bath. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 27, 1994, and sunk as a target during training exercises in 2000.
The U.S. Navy mandated the use of asbestos on its ships and shipyards for decades before finally phasing the carcinogenic mineral out in the mid-1970s. If you suffer from a disease caused by exposure to asbestos and you are also a Navy veteran you have the right to apply for benefits from the VA. In order to receive these benefits, you must be able to demonstrate that your asbestos exposure occurred exclusively during your military service.