The USS Raleigh (CL-7) was an Omaha-class light cruiser laid down on August 16, 1920, and launched on October 25, 1922. It was commissioned on August 1, 1924, under Capt. William C. Watts’ command with the hull number CL-7 and served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years until it was decommissioned on November 2, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 458 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Norfolk, San Diego, Hampton Roads, the Caribbean, Mare Island, Kiska, Attu, and Pearl Harbor. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 28, 1945, and sold for scrapping in 1946.
Although it had various applications, on Navy ships asbestos was primarily employed as insulation and fire-retardant for piping, boilers, electrical fixtures, and other materials. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Raleigh (CL-7), you may still be at risk of developing life-threatening conditions and you should make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.