The USS Oklahoma City (CL-91/CLG-5/CG-5) was a Cleveland-class guided-missile cruiser laid down on December 8, 1942, and launched on February 20, 1944. It was commissioned on December 22, 1944, under Capt. C. B. Hunt’s command with the hull number CL-91 and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned on December 15, 1979. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Panama, Yokosuka, San Francisco, Long Beach, South Vietnam, Guam, Pearl Harbor, Suisun Bay and the Sea of Japan. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 15, 1979, and sunk as a target ship in 1999. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Oklahoma City received 2 battle stars. Countless U.S. Navy veterans were exposed to high levels of asbestos during their service. Never warned and unaware that the materials they were handling contained the carcinogenic mineral, they unwittingly poisoned themselves by breathing invisible asbestos fibers. It is hard to diagnose asbestosis-related diseases as symptoms do not appear immediately and have a very long latency period, which is why second opinions are required when dealing with an asbestos-related disease.