The USS Maddox (DD-731) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on October 28, 1943, as DD-731 and launched on March 19, the following year. It was commissioned on June 2, 1944, and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned in 1969. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Norfolk, Ulithi, Mindoro, Saigon, Leyte, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 2, 1972, and sold to Taiwan where it was renamed Bo Yang. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Maddox received 4 battle stars and another 6 for the Korean activity.
Due to the remarkable durability and heat resistance of asbestos, its most frequent applications onboard ships are the following: boiler insulation, steam pipe insulation, exhaust duct insulation, bulkhead and deck insulation, wall and ceiling panels, floating floors, floor tiles, cement, adhesive-like glue and fillers, packing in pipe, seals and sealing putty, gaskets, strings fastening insulation around valves in pipes, electrical cable material and fuses, friction material of brakes, and more.