The USS Jordan (DE-204) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on June 5, 1943, and launched on August 23, the same year. It was commissioned on December 19, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. F. C. Billing’s command with the hull number DE-204 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 19, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in New York, Gibraltar, Florida, Florida, Cuba, Charleston Navy Yard and the Mediterranean. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on January 8, 1946. Asbestos-containing materials that are now banned or regulated are still present in older vessels that were modernized during refits still contain tons of asbestos. Asbestos products included insulation, pipes, boilers, cement, sealers, gaskets, cables, tubes, valves, electrical fixtures, wiring, pumps, decking, paints, non-skid flooring, and in bulk headwalls, ship hulls, mess halls, engine rooms, navigation rooms, and sleeping quarters.