The USS Hartley (DE-1029) was a Dealey-class destroyer escort laid down on October 31, 1955, and launched on November 24, 1956. It was commissioned on June 26, 1957, under Lt. Comdr. C. N. Crandall’s command with the hull number DE-1029 and served in the U.S. Navy for 15 years until it was decommissioned on July 8, 1972. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 170 people on board and had its main missions in the Caribbean, Newport, Turkey, France, Chelsea, Florida, Norfolk, Cuba, Boston, Maine and New England. Many Navy veterans may not have been warned about the dangers of asbestos products even when they were routinely exposed to them. For example, hull maintenance technicians maintain shipboard plumbing and marine sanitation systems and install or/and repair various metal structures on Navy ships in order to keep all types of shipboard structures and surfaces in safe conditions. Those who were exposed to asbestos during their Navy careers may have a variety of legal options for pursuing compensation.