The USS Marocain (DE-109) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on September 7, 1943, and launched on January 1, the next year. It was commissioned on February 29, 1944, and transferred to Free France the same day where it was named also Marocain. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board. It participated in the Operation Anvil-Dragoon before being struck in 1960. In November 1965, the USS Marocain was transferred back to the US Navy. Asbestos was used frequently as a fire retardant material in many areas aboard Navy ships and also for the insulation of pipes, boilers, electrical fixtures, and hull construction. The worst areas on Navy ships were in the damage control room, pump, propulsion, plotting, and engine rooms where insulation covered the pipes and wiring. If you are a Navy veteran, contact us today to find out more about asbestos exposure on the USS Marocain (DE-109).