The USS Miami (CL-89) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on August 2, 1941, and launched on December 8, the following year. It was commissioned on December 28, 1943, under Capt. John G. Crawford’s command with the hull number CL-89 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on June 30, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Panama, Yokosuka, San Francisco, Luzon, Formosa, Guam, Pearl Harbor, Hong Kong, and French Indochina. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1961, and sold for scrapping in 1962 to the Nicolai Joffe Corporation in Beverly Hills. Asbestos is dangerous because it has the ability to break down into microscopically thin fibers, so small they can remain airborne for days after they were initially disturbed. Those working on or in close proximity to Navy ships, end up inhaling airborne asbestos fibers. Since the fibers are microscopic, stiff, and straight, they have the ability to travel deep into the lungs, where they may eventually lodge into the tissue. Once logged into the lung tissue, they can cause serious diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma - cancer of the lining of the lungs.