USS Cero (SS-225) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

As the only submarine named after the cero, a fish from the mackerel family, the vessel was built in 1942, having been sponsored by Mrs. Katherine J. Barbey, wife of Rear Admiral Daniel E. Barbey, Commanding officer of the Amphibious Force, Southwest Pacific Force. It earned 7 battle stars for World War II activity and is credited with sinking a total of 18,159 tons of shipping. However, because it was laid down during the heyday of asbestos, people who served on the USS Cero are recommended to pay close attention to the symptoms of specific diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, as these illnesses may ensue 20 to 50 years after exposure. The submarine was decommissioned in 1953 and eventually sold for scrap.

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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