The USS Gridley (DLG-21/CG-21) was a Leahy-class guided-missile cruiser laid down on July 15, 1960, and launched on July 31, the following year. It was commissioned on May 25, 1963, under Capt. P. A. Lily’s command as DLG-21 and served in the U.S. Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on January 21, 1994. On June 30, 1975, the ship was reclassified as a guided-missile cruiser with the hull number CG-21. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 373 people on board and had its main missions in Long Beach, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Adelaide, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Subic Bay, Yokosuka, California, and San Francisco. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 21, 1994, and scrapped in 2005. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in many industries for its heat-insulating properties. If you are a Navy veteran that served on the USS Gridley (DLG-21/CG-21) and are suffering from symptoms that may suggest an asbestos-related illness, you need to see a medical doctor as soon as possible. If your diagnosis confirms an illness stemming from asbestos exposure, your next call should be to a trial lawyer with expertise in asbestos cases.