The USS McGowan (DD-678) was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy. It was laid down 30 June 1943 by the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J. launched 14 November 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Rose McG. Cantey, sister of Rear Admiral McGowan, and commissioned on 20 December 1943, Commander James B. Weiler in command. In 1960 the ship was designated for transfer to the Government of Spain on a renewable 5-year loan under the terms of the Military Assistance Program. On 30 November 1960, at Barcelona, the USS McGowan (DD-678) decommissioned and the following day became the Spanish Navy's Jorge Juan (originally with hull number 45, designated D 25 in 1961). If you served in the U.S. Navy and you are concerned that you have been exposed to asbestos and have difficulty breathing, chest pain, and persistent cough, you may have a valid claim if you were previously exposed to asbestos and have an asbestos-related diagnosis. However, to confirm your eligibility, it is necessary to have a qualified attorney review the details of your situation. Call us today and we can put you in touch with top-ranked attorneys that have decades of experience to get you the compensation you deserve.