The USS Trenton (CL-11) was an Omaha-class light cruiser laid down on August 18, 1920, and launched on April 16, 1923. It was commissioned on November 3, 1923, under Capt. Edward C. Kalbfus’ command with the hull number CL-11 and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned on December 20, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 458 people on board and had its main missions in Samoa, Galapagos, Nicaragua, Balboa, San Francisco, Hampton Roads, and New England. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 21, 1946, and sold for scrapping in 1946. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Trenton received 1 battle star.
Asbestos is a fibrous material most commonly used in insulating shipboard products. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can settle and form deposits at the bottom of the lungs, leading to serious and deadly diseases. A long period of time may elapse between exposure to asbestos and signs or symptoms of asbestos-related diseases, causing late diagnosis for the Navy veterans who were exposed to asbestos.