The USS Vincennes (CA-44) was a New Orleans-class cruiser laid down on January 2, 1934, and launched on May 21, 1936. It was commissioned on February 24, the following year under Capt. Burton H. Green’s command as CA-44 and served in the U.S. Navy for 5 years until it sank in the Battle of Savo Island on August 9, 1942. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 866 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Stockholm, Helsinki, Le Havre, Portsmouth, Midway, Pearl Harbor, and San Pedro. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Vincennes received 2 battle stars. If you are a Navy member retiree who has developed lung cancer, asbestosis, or mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you should know that you will not be suing the Navy for your asbestos exposure. The companies that manufactured and marketed these dangerous asbestos products are the ones that should be held responsible. Service members most at risk of asbestos in Navy ships include those who worked below deck before the 1980s, seamen responsible for removing damaged or old asbestos from engine and boiler rooms, service members who had to clean up old asbestos or handle asbestos that had been removed, fire control technician, boilermaker, pipefitter, and gunner's mate.