The USS Ogden (LPD-5), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock, was laid down on 4 February 1963 by the New York Naval Shipyard. and launched on 27 June 1964. The ship was sponsored by Mrs. Laurence J. Burton and commissioned at New York City on 19 June 1965 with Captain Floyd M. Symons in command. On 10 July 2014 during the naval exercise RIMPAC 2014, the ship was used as a missile target and sank 55 miles northwest of Hawaii after being hit by a Naval Strike Missile launched by the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310).
The use of asbestos in the shipbuilding industry was widespread between the 1940s and the 1970s, with dockyard workers, laggers, electricians, welders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, machinists, and engineers all possibly having being exposed. Those who worked in the Navy and Coast Guard during this period were also possibly exposed to asbestos, some without evening knowing it.