The USS Utah (BB-31) was a Florida-class battleship laid down on March 9, 1909, and launched on December 23, the same year. It was commissioned on August 31, 1911, with the hull number BB-31 and served in the US Navy for 33 years until it was sunk on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1,001 men on board and had its main missions in Hampton Roads, Pensacola, Galveston, Kingston, Jamaica, Cuba, Callao, San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, and Brazil. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on November 13, 1944. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Utah received 1 battle star and many awards.
Asbestos was known for its resistance to fire, heat, water, and corrosion, and used to insulate boilers, incinerators, hot water pipes, and steam pipes on ships. Nowadays, it is a widely known fact that asbestos is a toxic material, which when inhaled or ingested can cause several types of cancer and diseases, including lung cancer, bronchial cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.