The USS Paul Jones (DD-10) was a Bainbridge-class destroyer laid down on April 20, 1899, and launched on June 14, 1902. It was commissioned on July 19, 1902, under Lt. R. F. Gross’ command with the hull number DD-10 and served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on July 29, 1919. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 75 men on board and had its main missions in San Diego, the Panama Canal Zone, Guantanamo Bay, Bermuda, Newport, Azores, Fortress Monroe, Hampton Roads, and Lynnhaven Roads. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on September 15, 1919. Several months later, on January 3, 1920, the ship was sold for scrapping. Asbestos is recognized for being extremely durable, resistant to chemical erosion and fire retardant. These qualities made it a popular building material during World War I. Asbestos fibers are microscopic, which makes them difficult to detect with the naked eye. The fibrous minerals were also mixed with other materials meaning that asbestos was present on Navy vessels while going unnoticed.