The USS Straub (DE-181) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on June 7, 1943, and launched on September 19, the same year. It was commissioned on October 25, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. James T. Kilbreth’s command with the hull number DE-181 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on October 17, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, New York, Great Sound, Azores, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Uruguay, North Africa, Hawaii, and Rhode Island. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1973, and sold for scrapping the following year. Whilst it is generally known that asbestos can be found in lagging on pipework and boilers it was also used in electrical wiring, flooring, wall panels, cables, packing materials, adhesives, deck materials, bedding, and fireproof materials, as well as in protective clothing. The term "friable" describes asbestos in its immediately dangerous form because it releases tiny fibers into the air where they can be easily inhaled or ingested.