The USS Richmond K. Turner (DLG-20 / CG-20) was a Leahy-class cruiser destroyer laid down on January 9, 1961, and launched on April 6, 1963. It was commissioned on June 13, the following year under Capt. Douglas C. Plate’s command as DLG-20 and served in the U.S. Navy for 31 years until it was decommissioned on March 31, 1995. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 445 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Panama Canal, Guantanamo Bay, Subic Bay, Yokosuka, California, and Bath. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 31, 1995, and sunk as a target during training exercises in 1998. In addition to likely being exposed to a high concentration of asbestos, Navy veterans were less likely to take preventative measures against health impairment due to asbestos exposure as they were often not informed of the dangers of the products they were working with. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Richmond K. Turner, keep in mind that there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation.