The USS Florida (BB-30) was a Florida-class battleship laid down on March 8, 1909, and launched on May 12, 1910. It was commissioned on September 15, 1911, with the hull number BB-30 and served in the US Navy for 20 years until it was decommissioned on February 16, 1931. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1,001 men on board and had its main missions in Hampton Roads, Veracruz, Scapa Flow, Brest, Azores and Provincetown. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 6, 1931, and sold for scrapping the same year.
Due to its ability to resist heat and insulate well, asbestos was heavily used in shipbuilding between World War II and the late-1970s, which is why so many Navy and Merchant Marine personnel developed asbestos-related diseases later in life. While there are applicable time deadlines and eligibility requirements, many Navy veterans afflicted by asbestos-related diseases can receive monetary compensation.