The USS Tattnall (DDG-19) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile armed destroyer laid down on November 14, 1960, and launched on August 26, the following year. It was commissioned on April 13, 1963, under Comdr. William F. Regan’s command and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on January 18, 1991. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in Charleston, the West Indies, New York, the Norwegian Sea, the Bay of Biscay, Plymouth, Tunis, Genoa, Naples, Patras, and Iskenderun.
Information about the use of asbestos as the protective wrapping of piping and fireproofing aboard navy ships can be confirmed by official naval combat records at the Navy Historical Center. The people who served in the U.S. Navy have an increased chance of developing asbestos-related diseases and depending on the circumstances they are rightful to file a claim for compensation.