USS Blackfish (SS-221) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

With 8 battle stars and numerous awards such as the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal, the USS Blackfish was sponsored by Mrs. Ida H. Mel, wife of Captain Henry F. Mel, head of the Navy Purchasing Office in New York. It was laid down in 1941, which means asbestos may have lurked on the walls of the vessel in the form of insulation. Everyone who served on the USS Blackfish is highly encouraged to undergo regular medical examinations to ensure the asbestos fibers they inhaled have not affected their lungs. The submarine was decommissioned in 1946 and sold for scrapping one year later.

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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