The USS Fletcher (DD/DDE-445) was the lead Fletcher-class destroyer. It served in the Pacific during World War II and received fifteen battle stars for World War II service, and five for Korean War service. The ship was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, on 2 October 1941. It was launched on 3 May 1942; sponsored by Mrs. F. F. Fletcher, widow of Admiral Fletcher; and commissioned on 30 June 1942. Intensive antisubmarine training was her major occupation during periods between deployment. The USS Fletcher (DD/DDE-445) was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 August 1969 and sold for scrap on 22 February 1972. Asbestos is a collection of naturally occurring fibers heavily used in a variety of industries, because of its insulative and heat-resistant properties. When asbestos is disturbed during product use, maintenance, repair, or remodeling, fiber particles can become airborne. These particles are so small, that victims may not even realize they’re breathing them in, but over time, they can lead to dangerous health conditions.