The USS Maury (AGS-16) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship that was originally built as USS Renate and the hull number AKA-36. It was laid down on November 21, 1944, and launched on January 31, 1945. It was commissioned on February 28, 1945, under Comdr. Joseph F. Wickham’s command and served in the US Navy for 24 years until it was decommissioned on December 19, 1969. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, the Marshall Islands, Eniwetok, Okinawa, Maui, San Francisco, Truk, Kwajalein, West Indies, and Colombia. After decommissioning, the USS Maury was struck from the Naval Register on the same day. Asbestos-related illnesses have a very long latency period, which means the disease usually does not develop until years after the asbestos exposure that caused it. Many Navy veterans are not diagnosed with an asbestos-related pulmonary disease until their 60s or 70s when disease symptoms - usually difficulty breathing and persistent cough - become chronic or debilitating. . If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy, and have developed an asbestos-related illness, it may be in your best interest to discuss with a dedicated legal professional.