The USS Bazely (DE-2) was a Lend-Lease 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 Bazely K311 until it was transferred back to the U.S. Navy on August 20, 1945. It was decommissioned on October 22 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 16, 1945, and sold for scrapping the following year. In the U.S., the people most likely to have been exposed to asbestos in shipyards include anyone that worked in the sector up until the 1970s and anyone who served on a ship built before this time, as it was laden with the hazardous mineral. A large number of U.S. Navy servicemen and women worked in and around asbestos without even knowing. This is because many manufacturers used asbestos in products used in the construction of military vessels - even though they knew about the potential risk associated with inhalation of fibers.