The USS John King (DDG-3) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on August 25, 1958, and launched on January 4, 1961. It was commissioned on February 4, 1961, under Comdr. Albert M. Sackett’s command with the hull number DDG-3 and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on March 30, 1990. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Cuba, the Caribbean, England, Kiel, the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus, and Virginia Capes. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 12, 1993 and sold for scrapping in 1999.
One of the most significant risks for ships at sea is fire, which is why asbestos exposure occurred often in the Navy. There was a large amount of asbestos used in specific areas of navy ships such as boiler rooms, engine rooms, navigation rooms, mess halls, and sleeping quarters. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS John King (DDG-3), you may still be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, and you should seek medical attention.