The USS Marts (DE-174) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on April 26, 1943, and launched on August 8, the same year. It was commissioned on September 3, 1943, under Lt. Carl M. Fellows’ command with the hull number DE-174 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 20, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Trinidad, Brazil, Equator, Gibraltar, and New York. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 20, 1953, and transferred to Brazil the same year where it was renamed Bocaina. Between World War II and the late 1970s, asbestos was a multi-purpose, highly durable mineral that was highly useful for the shipbuilding industry. If you have developed an asbestos-related illness and you can provide proof of asbestos exposure while in the Navy, you can receive compensation without having to file a civil lawsuit against the companies that negligently manufactured and distributed asbestos-containing products.