The USS Helena (CA-75) was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser launched on April 28, 1945. It was commissioned on September 4, the same year under Capt. Arthur Howard McCollum’s command as CA-75 and served in the U.S. Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on June 29, 1963. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Guantanamo, Scotland, Pearl Harbor, Sasebo, Samchok, Inchon, and New York. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on January 1, 1974, and sold for scrapping to Levin Metals Corporation in San Jose the same year. Because the threat of fire aboard seagoing vessels was of great concern, the heat resistant and durable properties of asbestos made it a top-choice building material for various ship types, including aircraft carriers, amphibious warships, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, escorts, frigates, minesweepers, submarines, and merchant marine ships. If you served in the U.S. Navy years ago but have just been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you still have a right to pursue compensation for your illness.