The USS Little Rock (CL-92/CLG-4/CG-4) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on March 6, 1943, and launched on August 27, the following year. It was commissioned on June 17, 1945, under Capt. William E. Miller’s command with the hull number CL-92 and served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years until it was decommissioned on November 22, 1976. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Cuba, Santo Domingo, Norfolk, Malta, Dubrovnik, Alexandria, Suez Canal, and South America. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 22, 1976, and made a museum ship in Buffalo, New York.
Today, it’s common knowledge that asbestos can cause severe and fatal diseases. What makes asbestos more dangerous is that its fibers are microscopic and cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. Asbestos is a carcinogen, thus, the longer one is exposed to its fibers, the higher the risk for one to develop an asbestos-related disease. Asbestos is a class 1 carcinogen, known to cause cancer in humans and no exact amount of asbestos exposure is stated safe by medical researchers.