USS Gato (SS-212) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Sponsored by Mrs. Louise Ingersoll, wife of Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll, the submarine was commissioned in 1941 and won multiple awards, such as the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Occupation Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, as well as 13 battle stars. Because it was laid down during the heyday of asbestos, people who served on it should pay close attention to their health, as they might develop serious diseases such as mesothelioma or lung cancer 20 to 50 years after exposure. The USS Gato was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1960 and subsequently 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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