The USS Sarpedon (ARB-7) was an Aristaeus-class battle damage repair ship laid down on July 11, 1944, and launched on August 21, the same year. It was commissioned on November 16, 1944, with the hull number ARB-7 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 29, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 260 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Guam, Okinawa, Shanghai, Kwajalein, and San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 15, 1976, and sold for scrapping the following year. During the first half of the 20th century, growing evidence showed that breathing in asbestos causes scarring of the lungs. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Sandoval (APA-194), it’s in your best interest to get tested on a regular basis which will increase the odds of the condition getting caught while it’s still in its early stages.