The USS Sarita (AKA-39) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on December 22, 1944, and launched on February 23, 1945. It was commissioned on March 22, 1945, under Comdr. Erwin E. Smith’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on January 29, 1947. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Guam, Sasebo, Seattle, Shanghai, Manus and it participated only in World War II. After decommissioning, the USS Sarita was struck from the Naval Register on February 25, 1947, and scrapped in 1966. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that comes in different forms. Because of its resistance to heat, fire, friction, chemicals, and electricity, asbestos was widely used in the shipbuilding industry from the 1930s until its use was discontinued in the early 1970s. If you are a Navy veteran who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition as a result of exposure to asbestos, we can connect you to accomplished lawyers with relevant experience to maximize the value of potential legal compensation.