The USS Crow (AMc-20) was a Bird-class 2 coastal minesweeper laid down in 1935. It was commissioned on February 4, 1941, and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until August 23, 1943, when it sank during a training session. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 11 men on board and had its main mission within the 13th Naval District, removing the mines located in the minefields in the water so that other ships could pass safely. On April 8, 1944, the ship was struck from the Naval Register. Asbestos's ability to resist high temperatures is what made it so useful and popular. Its fibers give protection against chemicals, salt water, corrosion, and noise. Asbestos was widely used in all branches of the military because of its insulating and fire-retardant properties. Up until the latter half of the 20th century, asbestos exposure in the U.S. Navy was very common and has increased the risk of veterans developing asbestos-related health conditions today.