The USS Weeden (DE-797) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on August 18, 1943, and launched on October 27, the same year. It was commissioned for the first time on February 19, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. C. F. Tillinghast’s command with the hull number DE-797 and served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on February 26, 1958. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Provincetown, Plymouth, Maine, Gibraltar, Oran, and Boston. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on June 30, 1968, and sold for scrapping one year later. Known as the "miracle mineral", asbestos was an excellent insulation material, both for acoustic and thermal properties and as such was used for example, for lagging on hot water pipes, steam pipes, and boilers aboard Navy ships. Asbestos is a danger when it is cut, drilled, or sawn because that is how asbestos dust or particles get into the air and are then breathed in by the people working with it or by anyone nearby.