The USS Melville (AD-2) was a Melville-class destroyer tender laid down on November 11, 1913, and launched on March 2, 1913. It was commissioned on December 3, 1915, under Comdr. Henry Bertram Price’s command with the hull number AD-2 and served in the U.S. Navy for 31 years until it was decommissioned on August 9, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 397 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Guantanamo Bay, Norfolk, Ireland, Azores, Bermuda, Culebra, and Derry. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 23, 1947, and sold for scrapping in 1948 to Patapsco Scrap Corporation. The Navy used asbestos as an insulating material because of its absorptive and heat-resistant properties. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to a variety of serious and deadly health conditions, such as lung cancer, and mesothelioma. If you or a loved one has been the victim of asbestos exposure you may have grounds to take legal action. Depending on your situation and condition, you may be able to collect for one or more of the following expenses: long-term medical care, medical devices such as portable oxygen tank, pain and suffering.