The USS Bridget (DE-1024) was a Dealey-class destroyer escort laid down on September 19, 1955, and launched on April 25, 1956. It was commissioned on October 24, 1957, with the hull number DE-1024, and served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned in September 1968. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 170 people on board. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 12, 1973, and, later, it was sold for scrapping.
Between World War II and the late-1970s, asbestos use greatly expanded as the asbestos manufacturing companies helped write specifications for products on U.S. Navy ships. This caused hundreds of thousands of shipyard workers and Navy personnel to be unknowingly exposed to dangerous asbestos dust in the cutting and manipulation of insulation products. As a result, many of these men and women developed asbestos-related illnesses decades later.