The USS Towers (DDG-9) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on April 1, 1958, and launched on April 23, the following year. It was commissioned on June 6, 1961, under Comdr. L. D. Cummings’ command with the hull number DDG-9 and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on October 1, 1990. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in Callao, Lima, Balboa, Acapulco, Sydney, Yokosuka, Sasebo, Okinawa, Subic Bay, Taiwan, and Bangkok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 27, 1992 and sunken during training exercises in 2002. For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War, the USS Towers received 4 battle stars and 1 Navy Unit Commendation. Asbestos refers to a group of six lightweight, fiber-like minerals that are resistant to water, heat, fire, electricity, and chemical corrosion. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health problems including asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other non-malignant lung conditions.