The USS Gyatt (DD-712/DDG-1), a Gearing-class destroyer in the United States Navy, was built by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Kearny, New Jersey. In addition to local operations and training exercises, the ship participated in training operations with aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. The USS Gyatt (DD-712/DDG-1) was transferred to the Select Reserve and switched homeports to Washington, D.C. in 1968. After being struck on 22 October 1969, the ship was sunk as a target off Virginia on 11 June 1970. Asbestos refers to a group of six different silicate minerals made of long fibers. These fibers are released into the atmosphere most commonly during maintenance or repair work. Asbestos has been used for heating insulation, pipe insulation, brake linings, ceiling cladding, electrical fuses, and more, and it is hazardous to a person’s respiratory system. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy, and have developed an asbestos-related illness, there’s a good chance you can get financial compensation for any medical bills or other expenses.