The USS Bayntun (DE-1) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on April 5, 1942, and launched on June 27, the same year. It was transferred to the United Kingdom and served there for 2 years as HMS Bayntun K310 until it was transferred back to the U.S. Navy on August 22, 1945. It was decommissioned on October 19 the same year. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 175 people on board. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1945, and sold for scrapping in 1947. Asbestos is a natural mineral made up of tiny, sharp fibers that when disturbed it releases dangerous fine particles of dust and fibers. Navy veterans who were exposed to asbestos in the course of their military service are entitled to disability compensation and special health care benefits through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs if they provide medical evidence proving their disease was caused by being exposed to asbestos while in active military service and received an honorable or general discharge.