The USS Richmond (CL-9) was an Omaha-class light cruiser laid down on February 16, 1920, and launched on September 29, the following year. It was commissioned on July 2, 1923, under Capt. David F. Boyd’s command with the hull number CL-9 and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned on December 21, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 458 people on board and had its main missions in Tampico, Galveston, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Panama, Hawaii, Shanghai, Unalaska, Kiska, Attu, and Kuriles. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 21, 1946, and sold for scrapping in 1947 to Patapsco Scrap Corporation in Baltimore. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Richmond received 2 battle stars. Asbestos was an ideal material for use in the shipbuilding industry until it was phase out in the 1970s, because of its heat resistance and fireproofing capabilities. If the material containing asbestos is damaged, it can release fine dust that contains asbestos fibers. Breathing in asbestos fibers can lead to the development of lung cancer - considered to be the most common among occupational-related cancers.