The USS Rigel (AD-13) was an Altair-class destroyer tender laid down in 1918 and launched on November 23, the same year. It was commissioned on February 24, 1922, under Lt. E. G. Affleck’s command with the hull number AD-13 and served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years until it was decommissioned on July 11, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 481 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Bremerton, Fanning Island, Auckland, New Caledonia, Noumea, Espiritu Santo, Efate, Brisbane, Milne, and New Britain. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and transferred to the Maritime Commission the same year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Rigel received four battle stars. While experts acknowledged that long-term inhalation of asbestos fibers could lead to adverse health effects, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that a widespread consensus arose around the dangers of asbestos. Today, it is well-known that exposure to high levels of asbestos can cause several illnesses, including cancer. If asbestos has harmed you or someone you love, we can put you in touch with the right attorneys that may be able to get you the money you deserve for your pain and suffering.