The USS Neuendorf (DE-200) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 15, 1943 and launched on June 1, the same year. It was commissioned on October 18, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. Jasper N. McDonald’s command with the hull number DE-200 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 14, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Panama, the Palaus, the Solomons, Manus, Biak, Purvis Bay and the Philippines. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on July 1, 1967. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Neuendorf received 3 battle stars and many awards. Asbestos which is in good condition is unlikely to release fibers, but when the material is damaged or deteriorating, or work is undertaken on it, airborne fibers can be released. Asbestos is particularly likely to be found in older vessels in insulation and paneling, and in machinery components such as gaskets and brake linings.