As the third Navy ship to be named after the city of Mobile, Alabama, the military vessel was laid down by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company as a Cleveland-class light cruiser in 1941. The USS Mobile participated in World War II, having earned 11 battle stars for its extraordinary achievements, as well as in the Battle of Okinawa, conducting cruises between Japan and Okinawa to transport liberated prisoners of war. Because asbestos has numerous convenient properties such as fire and electricity resistance, it was heavily used for the construction of the ship, being found in over 300 different products present aboard it. However, exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of awful diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma within 20 to 50 years of exposure, which is why veterans need to undergo periodical medical examinations. In 1959, the USS Mobile was sold for scrapping to Zidell Explorations, Inc.