The USS Barney (DDG-6) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on August 10, 1959, and launched on December 10, the following year. It was commissioned on August 11, 1962, under Comdr. Joseph J. Doak’s command with the hull number DDG-6 and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on December 17, 1990. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, the Mediterranean Sea, Cuba, and the Virgin Islands. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 20, 1992 and sold for scrapping in 1994.
Millions of veterans who served in the U.S. Navy between the 1930s up to the mid-1970s entered in contact with asbestos. This hazardous mineral is non-flammable even at very high temperatures and is an extremely tough mineral fiber that doesn’t easily break down under heat or chemical attack, which is why it was extensively used in the military equipment carried aboard and also found in the materials required for building the vessels.