The USS Halsey (DLG-23 / CG-23) was a Leahy-class destroyer laid down on August 26, 1960, and launched on January 15, 1962. It was commissioned on July 20, 1963, under Capt. H. H. Anderson’s command as DLG-23 and served in the U.S. Navy for 31 years until it was decommissioned on January 28, 1994. On June 30, 1975, the ship was reclassified as a guided-missile cruiser with the hull number CG-23. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 400 people on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, Carr Island, San Diego, Subic Bay, and the Gulf of Tonkin. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 1, 1994, and scrapped in 2003. Asbestos was very inexpensive and was used as filler in many different products throughout many different industries, including the shipbuilding industry, between the 1930s up to the mid-1970s. Navy veterans often came into regular contact with asbestos-containing products used in particular for heat insulation and fire protection in electrical appliances. Compensation helps alleviate the financial burden of fighting life-threatening diseases, which can benefit the victims of asbestos exposure.