The USS ABSD-2 was a 927-foot long dry-dock with a beam of 256 feet built in the United States in 10 separate sections. The construction took one year from 1943 and 1944. The chief officer of this dry dock was Joseph Rochefort at the beginning, but he was transferred later. It was commissioned on August 14, 1943, and conducted operations for 2 years until it was decommissioned on February 28, 1946. The same year, after the war, it was redesigned as AFDB-2. Some of the sections were redesignated subsequently as follows: section F to IX-524, section D to IX-522, and section H to IX-535. Other sections like B, C, or J were disposed of in support of fleet training exercises in 1990. If you served aboard the USS ABSD-2, it’s important to understand that you were likely exposed to asbestos and are, thus, at risk of developing lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, or another related illness. If you experience any of the symptoms like heavy coughing, shortness of breath, or persistent chest pain, then it’s important to talk to a doctor and let them know of your possible exposure to asbestos.