As a remarkable submarine that sunk 17 enemy vessels weighing a total of 96,628 tons, the USS Barb (SS-220) received multiple awards, including a Presidential Unit Citation and 8 battle stars. It was built in 1941 by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut. The submarine was eventually transferred to Italy in 1954 and was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1972.
Microscopic asbestos fibers may be released when asbestos-containing items degrade or are disturbed through daily use or maintenance. When breathed in, these fibers become lodged in the lining of the lungs and other organs. This is what causes asbestos-related illness. Although asbestos exposure has been an acknowledged occupational hazard for almost a century, you may be feeling the effects of asbestos for the first time today, because asbestos-related diseases involve very long latency periods.