The USS Manchester (CL-83) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on September 25, 1944, and launched on March 5, 1946. It was commissioned on October 29, 1946, under Capt. Peter G. Hale’s command with the hull number CL-83 and served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on June 27, 1956. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Newport, Boston, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Sasebo, Ongjin, Wonsan, California, Kaesong, Panmunjon, Yokosuka, Hawaii, and Hungnam. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 1, 1960, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Manchester received 9 battle stars. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral made up of many small fibers that have remarkable physical properties. Over the years it has been widely used in the marine sector in its processed form. Onboard Navy ships, its major application has been as an insulating material around steam boilers and as insulating lagging wrapped around steam and hot water piping. The asbestos sprayed coating was commonly used on steel beams to protect them from fire and deterioration.