The USS Brush (DD-745) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on July 30, 1943, and launched on December 28, the same year. It was commissioned on April 17, 1944, under Comdr. J. E. Edwards’ command with the hull number DD-745 and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on October 27, 1969. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Ulithi, Palau, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, San Diego, Formosa, and Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on the same year and sold to Taiwan in December 1969 where it was renamed Hsiang Yang. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Brush received 5 battle stars and 4 battle stars for Korea. In addition to the main uses of asbestos on Navy ships - an insulation material for protection from extreme fire and heat, the mineral could also be found in strings fastening insulation around valves in pipes, floating floors, floor tiles, cement, adhesive-like glue and fillers, electrical cable material and fuses, friction material of brakes and as fire-retardant material in wall and ceiling panels, bedding, deck covers, and other equipment and materials.