The USS Vanadis (AKA-49) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on April 18, 1945, and launched on June 8, the same year. It was commissioned on July 9, 1945, under Lt. Comdr. E. B. Williams’ command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on March 27, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Hampton Roads, Rhode Island, Gulf of Mexico, Alabama, Florida, and Boston. After decommissioning, the USS Vanadis was struck from the Naval Register on June 5, 1946, and transferred to the Maritime Commission on July 2, 1946. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Vanadis (AKA-49), we would urge you to see a lung specialist as soon as possible. Diseases caused by asbestos exposure can take a significant amount of time to develop and typically many years pass between exposure and diagnosis. Even if you have yet to develop an asbestos-related illness, if you served in the U.S Navy and participated in duties such as the construction, overhaul or repair of the ships, you may still be able to file a claim for compensation.