As the second U.S. Navy ship to be named for the barracuda, this submarine belongs to the V-boats category, a series of 9 vessels laid down between World War I and World War II. It was built by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1921, sponsored by Mrs. Cornelia Wolcott Snyder, wife of Captain Snyder, and initially had Lieutenant Commander Sherwood Picking in command. In honor of the outstanding achievements of the crew of the USS Barracuda, the submarine received several awards, including the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the American Defense Service Medal. During the last century, asbestos was a very common shipbuilding material, as it was highly resistant to fire and electricity. However, this mineral is carcinogenic to humans, which is why people who served aboard the USS Barracuda need to keep a close eye on their health since they are at high risk of developing serious diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. It is important to know that asbestos exposure results in disease within 20 to 50 years. In 1945, the submarine was sold for breaking up.