The USS Ira Jeffery (DE-63/APD-44) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 13, 1943, and launched on May 15, the same year. It was commissioned on August 15, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. R. A. Fitch’s command with the hull number DE-63 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 18, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Rhode Island, Northern Ireland, Azores, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Eniwetok, and Manila. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 1, 1960. Two years later, it sunk as a target during some tests. Most commonly, asbestos looks like white fuzz, but it can also appear in different shapes and colors such as brown, gray, or dull green. Chrysotile, the most common type of asbestos, is long, curly, and has a white appearance. Amphibole asbestos minerals are brittle and have needle-shaped fibers. Studies have shown that amphibole fibers are more likely than chrysotile asbestos to increase the risk of developing mesothelioma.