USS Grouper (SS-214) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

As the only submarine which was named after the grouper, a fish with a stout body and a large mouth, the submarine was built by the Electric Boat Company in 1940. It received 10 battle stars for World War II service, as well as a series of awards, including the American Campaign Medal, the Navy E Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal. Asbestos was certainly present on the USS Grouper as wall insulation, since the mineral enjoyed great popularity as a building material at the time. Therefore, the veterans who served on this vessel should keep a close eye on their health. The submarine was decommissioned in 1968 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register in the same year. It was eventually 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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