The USS Worden (DD-16) was a Truxtun-class destroyer laid down on November 13, 1899, and launched on August 15, 1901. It was commissioned on February 17, 1903, under Lt. Benjamin B. McCormick’s command with the hull number DD-16 and served in the U.S. Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on July 13, 1919. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 78 men on board and had its main missions in Maine, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, Philadelphia, New York, Brest, Bermuda, and the Azores. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on September 15, 1919. Asbestos exposure was much greater in military service since it was widely used as a strategic material – efficient with a low cost. The Navy is faced with the highest rate of asbestos exposure of all military branches, and shipyard workers face the highest rate of occupational exposure across all trades. If you served in the U.S. Navy years ago but have just been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you will need a skilled lawyer to help you prove the cause of your exposure.