The USS Patterson (DD-392) was a Bagley-class destroyer laid down on July 23, 1935, and launched on May 6, 1937. It was commissioned on September 22, the same year under Lt. Comdr. Francis T. Spellman’s command with the hull number DD-392 and served in the US Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on November 8, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 158 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Savo Island, Espiritu Santo, Tinian, and Palau. For the services brought to the country during World War II, USS Patterson (DD-392) received 13 battle stars.
Asbestos-containing material is not generally considered to be harmful unless it releases dust fibers into the air from where it can enter the lungs when inhaled. Some asbestos materials are friable, meaning they can be easily crushed or crumbled by hand. Thermal insulation around pipes, boiler insulation, and sprayed coatings are just a few examples of a friable asbestos product. Navy vessels used thermal insulation around pipes to protect them and keep the steam system running at peak efficiency.