The USS Kansas (BB-21) was a Connecticut-class battleship laid down on February 10, 1904, and launched on August 12, 1905. It was commissioned on April 18, 1907, under Capt. Charles E. Vreeland’s command with the hull number BB-21 and served in the US Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned on December 16, 1921. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 827 men on board and had its main missions in Annapolis, Cuba, Cherbourg, Portland, Sweden, Denmark, Kiel, and Brest. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 24, 1923, and sold for scrapping in 1924. Because it has a long latency period - as long as 10 to 40 years, Navy veterans who were exposed to asbestos fibers before their dangers were publicized in the mid-1970s are still being diagnosed today. The most common asbestos diseases are lung cancer, bronchial cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. However, asbestos exposure can also cause cancers of the esophagus, larynx, oral cavity, stomach, colon, and rectum as well as non-cancerous pleural abnormalities such as pleural plaques, diffuse pleural thickening, histoplasmosis, and rounded atelectasis.