The USS Adirondack (AGC-15), was laid down on 18 November 1944 under a Maritime Commission contract by the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company in Wilmington, North Carolina; launched on 13 January 1945; and commissioned on 2 September 1945, the day Japan surrendered on board the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, with Captain R. O. Myers in command. A floating command post equipped with advanced communications equipment and extensive combat information spaces, the USS Adirondack (AGC-15) was designed to be used by the amphibious forces commander and the landing force commander during large-scale operations as an amphibious force flagship and a floating command post. The ship was stricken from the Navy list on 1 June 1961 and sold on 7 November 1972 to Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation of New York City for scrap. Pipes were used on ships to transport steam and cold water. The insulation on these pipes was often wrapped in a felt material containing between five and fifty percent asbestos. Repair work may easily result in the release of asbestos fibers into the air, exposing everyone in the vicinity to asbestos. Additionally, the valves contained asbestos. Pipefitters and boiler operators, for example, were frequently exposed to asbestos while working on these valves.