The USS Reeves (DLG/CG-24) was a Leahy-class destroyer laid down on July 1, 1960, and launched on May 12, 1962. It was commissioned on May 15, 1964, as DLG-24 and served in the U.S. Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on November 12, 1993. On June 30, 1975, the ship was reclassified as a guided-missile cruiser with the hull number CG-24. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 413 people on board and had its main missions in Long Beach, Tonkin, Maine, Bremerton, Guantanamo, Hawaii, Qufu, and Puget Sound. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 12, 1993, and sunk as a target ship during a training exercise in Australia. All branches of the military used asbestos, particularly during World War II, but the U.S. Navy used asbestos extensively due to the need for fire resistance aboard Naval vessels. Virtually every ship commissioned by the Navy between the 1930s up to mid-1970s contained asbestos or asbestos-containing materials. Sleeping quarters, mess halls, boiler rooms, engine rooms, navigation rooms, and insulated pipes were just a few of the many sources of asbestos a Navy Veteran may have been exposed to on a daily basis.