Over the course of 2 years, the USS Bluefish completed nine war patrols, having earned 10 battle stars for World War II service. The keel of the submarine was laid down at the Electric Boat Company in 1942, which means it was built with asbestos. The place where this carcinogen was mostly present was the wall insulation of the vessel. People who were present on the USS Bluefish should keep a close eye on their health, as asbestos exposure can cause diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma several decades after inhaling toxic fibers. In 1947, the submarine was decommissioned and later sold for scrap.