The USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713) was commissioned by the U.S. Navy for two and a half decades in the mid-20th century. She was named for Second Lieutenant Kenneth Dillon Bailey who was killed in action in the Solomon Islands during the Second World War. Kenneth D. Bailey was designed as a Gearing-class vessel.
Kenneth D. Bailey was laid down at Newark, New Jersey by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in September 1944, launched in June 1945, and commissioned in July with Commander G. H. Richards, Jr., in command. Carrying a crew complement of 336, Kenneth D. Bailey was armed with ten 21-inch torpedo tubes, six five-inch anti-aircraft guns, twelve 40-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, and eleven 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns.
Kenneth D. Bailey began her naval duties along the Atlantic coast from New England to the Caribbean, and then trained crew members for new destroyers while serving plane guard duty for pilot qualification tests. The destroyer operated along South America’s east coast in February and March 1947. In November, Kenneth D. Bailey embarked on a Mediterranean voyage to join the 6th Fleet, and patrolled off Greece in December 1947 and January 1948.
Kenneth D. Bailey alternated service in the Mediterranean with operations ranging from the Caribbean to the Arctic Ocean. During these deployments, Kenneth D. Bailey served as a training ship, plane guard, and protective screen for aircraft carriers. Kenneth D. Bailey reported to the Boston Naval Shipyard in December 1952 for conversion to radar picket destroyer DDR-713, and returned to service in August 1953. Based at Newport, Rhode Island, Kenneth D. Bailey resumed frequent visits to the Mediterranean, including for NATO operations in September 1954, patrols in the Red Sea during the Suez crisis in 1956, and service off Lebanon in 1958.
Kenneth D. Bailey changed bases to Mayport, Florida in June 1959, and then underwent an FRAM II overhaul at the Charleston Navy Yard which lasted from January to October 1960. She was then deployed for duty off Central America and then served four tours of duty in the Mediterranean from February 1961 until October 1966. Kenneth D. Bailey was reclassified DD-713 in 1969 and decommissioned in 1970. Struck from the Navy list in 1974, she was transferred to Iran in 1975 and broken up for spare parts.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713)
Some ship compartments on the USS Kenneth possessed larger quantities of asbestos than others. The engine and power generating compartments on Kenneth D. Bailey used asbestos-containing materials in large quantities as insulation for steam pipes, to protect steam boilers, and to fireproof parts of the ship's engines or turbines. Asbestos use was common throughout the ship, however, because it could be used in so many ways, finding applications in gaskets, paint, and even paste.
An exposed crewman's risk of developing mesothelioma increased significantly if his or her work involved frequent contact with frayed or damaged asbestos insulation. Because asbestos is a mineral fiber, if something damages it, individual fibers can peel off and become airborne where they can easily be inhaled.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-713.
(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd713txt.htm) Retrieved 9 February 2011.
NavSource Naval History. USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/713.htm) Retrieved 9 February 2011.