The USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on June 16, 1958, and launched on September 8, 1959. It was commissioned on September 10, 1960, with the hull number DDG-2 and served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on August 1, 1990. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in the Caribbean, Charleston, and Mayport. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1990 and acquired as a museum item. More than 300 different asbestos-containing materials were used in Navy ships. Asbestos-based products contain microscopic fibers that, when released into the air, are breathed deep into the lungs where they can form scar tissue for years, eventually causing asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma. Common products containing asbestos used in ship construction include adhesives, insulation, boiler cladding, electrical cables, block insulation, brake linings, cables, flooring, and gaskets. The highest risk of exposure was found in those responsible for installing and repairing any of these elements.