The USS Portsmouth (CL-102) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on June 28, 1943, and launched on September 20, the following year. It was commissioned on June 25, 1945, under Capt. Heber B. Brumbaugh’s command with the hull number CL-102 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on June 15, 1949. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Cuba, Cape Town, Lagos, Freetown, Monrovia, Dakar, Casablanca, and Boston. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 15, 1971, and sold for scrapping in 1974.
If asbestos is exposed and small fibers are inhaled, they can remain in your lungs for a long period of time and can cause scarring and inflammation. This can lead to medical conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer, plus many other types of pulmonary issues. Members of the military were routinely exposed to asbestos, particularly those who served in the U.S. Navy. After many veterans began displaying signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure, the VA established its own claims process for veterans to seek health benefits and other forms of compensation.