The USS Cochrane (DDG-21) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on July 31, 1961, and launched on July 18, the following year. It was commissioned on March 21, 1964, with the hull number DDG-21 and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on December 26, 1990. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in Saigon. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 20, 1992, and sold for scrapping to International Shipbreaking in 2000.
Asbestos-embedded products deteriorate over time and the fibers end up filling the air. Asbestos is a threat to one’s health when it is released in the air producing hazardous airborne particles. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers can cause inflammation, scarring and eventually genetic damage to the body’s cells. Navy veterans involved in active duty who developed life-threatening illnesses such as mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.