USS Flying Fish (SS-229) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Laid down at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1940, the USS Flying Fish is another submarine which may have contained asbestos wall insulation, a terrible health hazard for the veterans who served on the submarine. It was sponsored by Mrs. Dorothy K. Kimmel, wife of Husband E. Kimmel, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet. The submarine was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, as well as 12 battle stars. In 1954, it was decommissioned and 5 years later, sold for scrap. We strongly encourage the veterans who were present on the USS Flying Fish to pay close attention to symptoms such as persistent coughing, chest pain and difficulty breathing, as they might indicate the beginning of a disease such as lung cancer or asbestosis.

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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