The USS Cavalla (SS-244), a Gato-class submarine, was sponsored by Mrs. M. Comstock and was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Connecticut in 1943. It completed 6 successful patrols during World War II. Because it was built during the heyday of asbestos use, the carcinogen was most likely present on the USS Cavalla, preponderantly in wall insulation. In 1969, the submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and can now be seen as a museum ship at Seawolf Park on Pelican Island, north of Galveston, Texas.
Because of its flame-retardant qualities and low cost, many companies used asbestos in construction and shipbuilding. Only now, many years later, have the crippling effects of asbestos exposure become apparent, and victims are finding they need a law firm to help them file for asbestos trust funds compensation in addition to their VA claims.