Built by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the USS Finback was commissioned in 1942 and conducted 12 war patrols over the course of its activity. It was awarded 13 battle stars and it also sunk a total of 69,383 tons of enemy shipping. Nevertheless, due to the year during which it was laid down, asbestos is very likely to have lurked on the submarine, mostly in the form of insulation. This is why the people who served on it should keep a close eye on their health, as a disease such as lung cancer may ensue even 50 years after the first exposure. In 1958, the USS Finback was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and subsequently sold for scrap.