The USS Puget Sound (AD-38) was a Samuel Gompers-class destroyer tender laid down on February 15, 1965, and launched on September 16, the following year. It was commissioned on April 27, 1968, with the hull number AD-38 and served in the U.S. Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on January 27, 1996. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,314 people on board and had its main missions in Newport, Gaeta and Norfolk. After decommissioning, the ship was sold to ESCO Marine in Texas. Shipyard work can be categorized into three main operations: ship construction, ship repair, and ship overhaul. Asbestos exposure occurs during those conversions, repair, or overhaul operations where asbestos-containing components are removed or repaired. A long duration of asbestos exposure can lead to severe health risks. Asbestos exposure can cause a person to suffer from aggressive forms of cancer. If an employer exposed you to asbestos fibers, they should be held responsible for your pain and suffering.