Laid down in 1942 as a Balao-class submarine, the USS Cabrilla (SS-288) was built by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine. It completed 8 war patrols, out of which 6 were declared successful, for which it earned 6 battle stars. The submarine also sunk a total of 38,767 tons of enemy shipping. In 1968, the submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and for a while, it could be found as a museum ship in Galveston Texas, but it was eventually sold for scrap. Most asbestos exposure in shipyards can be attributed to the maintenance of gaskets, pipes, walls, and floors that contain fire-resistant concrete or steam pipes. Asbestos fibers in these materials may become airborne during repairs, maintenance, or with age. The fibers are dangerous when inhaled, especially in large quantities. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Cabrilla (SS-288), we can put you in touch with the right attorneys that may be able to get you the compensation you deserve from companies that manufactured and supplied dangerous asbestos-containing products to the Navy, and from the VA.