The USS Perry (DD-11) was a Bainbridge-class destroyer laid down on April 19, 1899, and launched on October 27, 1900. It was commissioned on September 4, 1902, under Lt. Theodore C. Fenton’s command with the hull number DD-11 and served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1919. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 75 men on board and had its main missions in Mexico, Hawaii, the Gulf of California, Alaska, and the Key West. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on September 15, 1919. Several months later, on January 3, 1920, the USS Perry was sold for scrapping. Asbestos fibers, which are invisible to the naked eye, become harmful once they are released into the air and breathed in. Asbestos-containing products are categorized as either friable or bonded. Friable products are those which can be crumbled into dust with very light hand pressure, while bonded products are those which are solid. It is well known that Navy ships during World War I contained significant amounts of asbestos-containing materials that were used in areas such as boiler rooms, pump rooms, and turrets.