The USS Clarence L. Evans (DE-113) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on December 23, 1943, and launched on March 22, the next year. It was commissioned on June 25, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. W. C. Hughes’ command with the hull number DE-113 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 29, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, New York, Glasgow, Southampton, Plymouth, Le Havre, New London, and Maine. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on April 18, 1952, and transferred to France where it was renamed Berbère (F-723). While intact, asbestos poses little threat; it is when asbestos becomes friable, from actions like cutting and sanding, that the mineral becomes dangerous. When the small asbestos fibers become airborne, they can easily be inhaled. Once inside the body, they can cause inflammation and scarring in the tissues that may lead to the development of cancer.