The USS Lamons (DE-64) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 22, 1943, and launched on May 22, the same year. It was transferred to the United Kingdom on August 23 and renamed HMS Duff, K352. It was commissioned the same day and served in the Royal Navy for 1 year until it struck a mine and was declared a total constructive loss. Thus, it was returned to the US Navy on 28 August 1945. One month later, on September 17 the ship was struck from the Naval Register. Most people who develop asbestos-related diseases have worked on jobs where they frequently inhaled large amounts of asbestos fibers. For example, between World War II and the late 1970s, hull maintenance workers, pipe coverers, boilermakers, machinists, electricians, Seabees, welders, and engine operators using unsafe practices may have frequently encountered asbestos fiber levels well above background levels.