The USS Waddell (DDG-24) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile armed destroyer laid down on February 6, 1962, and launched on February 26, the following year. It was commissioned on August 28, 1964, with the hull number DDG-24 and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on October 1, 1992. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in Vietnam, California, the Philippines, Sasebo, Okinawa and the Sea of Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1992 and sold to Greece where it as renamed Nearchos. As Vietnam War demanded more and more resources, the U.S. armed forces, especially the Navy, asbestos has proven itself very useful, being resistant to high temperatures but also being strong and durable, characteristics that attracted the interest of the shipbuilding industry. Many of the brave men and women who made important sacrifices for others now spend their final days battling the illnesses triggered by years of exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was nearly everywhere onboard: flooring, wall panels, cables, packing materials, adhesives, deck materials, bedding, and fireproof materials and clothing.