USS Houston (CL/CA-30) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Houston was a Northampton-class cruiser laid down on May 1, 1928 and launched on September 7, the following year. It was commissioned on June 17, 1930 under Capt. Jesse Bishop Gay’s command as CA-30 and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it sank in the Battle of Sunda Strait on March 1, 1942. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 785 people on board and had the main missions in San Francisco, Alaska, Panay Island, Annapolis, Pensacola, Makassar Strait, Java or Tjilatjap. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Houston received 2 battle stars. 

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Turret 1
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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Shipmates on USS Houston (CL/CA-30)


25 years old



Died on 03/01/1942