USS Barb (SS-220) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

As a remarkable submarine which sunk 17 enemy vessels weighing a total of 96,628 tons, the USS Barb received multiple awards, including a Presidential Unit Citation and 8 battle stars. It was built in 1941 by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut. Despite its extraordinary activity, the vessel contained asbestos wall insulation, which put the health of the people serving on it in great danger. For this reason, we strongly advise everyone who was on the USS Barb to pay close attention to their wellbeing by undergoing periodical medical examinations. The submarine was eventually transferred to Italy in 1954 and was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1972.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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