USS Guardfish (SS-217) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Guardfish was launched in 1942 and it partook in World War II, having earned 11 battle stars, as well as a Presidential Unit Citation. Since it was built near the middle of the last century, it most likely contained asbestos in the wall insulation, which represented a great health hazard to the people who served on it. If you were one of them, we strongly advise you to undergo periodical medical examinations to make sure the asbestos fibers in your body have not caused any damage to your organs. Eventually, the submarine was decommissioned in 1946 and sunk as a target off Block Island in 1961.

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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