The USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile armed destroyer laid down on January 3, 1961, and launched on December 9, the same year. It was commissioned on November 9, 1963, with the hull number DDG-20 and served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on April 29, 1993. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Sydney, Hawaii, Yokosuka, Viet Cong, Hong Kong, the Gulf of Tonkin and the Indian Ocean. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 29, 1993, and sold to Australia the same year. Just like any other Navy ship that was acquired during the period of the Vietnam War, the USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) contained large amounts of asbestos-embedded products and materials. Asbestos-containing materials were heavily used in shipbuilding and specially used in products that were utilized in the construction of enclosed rooms and narrow areas, such as the engine rooms, the boiler rooms and other places located below the deck where the ventilation was often poor making the fibers even more concentrated and leading to a higher risk of exposure.