The USS Mississippi (BB-23) was a Mississippi-class battleship laid down on May 12, 1904, and launched on September 30, the following year. It was commissioned on February 1, 1908, under Capt. J. C. Fremont’s command with the hull number BB-23 and served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on July 21, 1914. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 744 men on board and had its main missions in Cuba, Philadelphia, New England, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Gravesend Bay, Brest, and Pensacola. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Greece in 1914 where it was renamed Kilkis.
Because of its ability to resist heat and chemicals, asbestos-containing materials were extensively used in every United States Navy ship built from the 1930s to the 1970s. Asbestos-related illnesses will not become apparent for many years after the exposure. Further, it is often true that the early symptoms will be misdiagnosed and attributed to other conditions, which limits the number of treatment options that are available. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Mississippi (BB-23), a screening could save your life.