The USS Alger (DE-101) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on January 2, 1943, and launched on July 8, the same year. It was commissioned on November 12, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. W. F. Porter’s command with the hull number DE-101 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 10, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Trinidad, Recife, Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro. After the decommissioning, the USS Alger was struck from the Navy Register on July 20, 1953, and transferred to Brazil where it was renamed Babitonga (D-16). If you are a Navy veteran that served on the USS Alger (DE-101) and your health has been affected by a condition provoked by asbestos, you may wonder how you were exposed to asbestos in the first place. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring fibrous silicate mineral used before the 1970s due to its heat resistance and effectiveness as an insulator virtually everywhere on a ship, from bow to stern. Through inhalation, asbestos fibers can cause permanent damage to the inner cells and the outer lining of your lungs and chest wall.