USS Gar (SS-206) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

As the only submarine named after the gar, a species of fish dating from the Late Jurassic, the USS Gar earned 11 battle stars for World War II service. However, because it was built in 1939, asbestos may have been present on the vessel in the form of insulation, which represented a great health risk to the people serving on the USS Gar. Following inhalation or ingestion, asbestos fibers become stuck in the lining of various organs, including the lungs and the heart. The submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1959 and later sold for scrapping.

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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