As the only ship of the United States Navy to be named after the gabilan, a fish which can be found in the waters around the Philippines, the submarine came to life in 1943. It was sponsored by Mrs. Eleanor James, wife of Rear Admiral Jules James and earned 4 battle stars for its activity. The USS Gabilan completed 6 war patrols, out of which 4 were successful. Since asbestos was a very popular building material when the vessel was laid down, the toxic mineral lurked on the wall insulation, as well as in other machinery and equipment present on it. For this reason, we highly recommend veterans who served on this submarine to keep a close eye on their health and undergo yearly medical examinations to make sure the asbestos fibers they inhaled have not caused any damage to their lungs. The USS Gabilan was decommissioned in 1946 and subsequently sold for scrap.