The USS Guardfish (SS-217), a Gato-class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the guard fish. The submarine was launched in 1942 and it partook in World War II, having earned 11 battle stars, as well as a Presidential Unit Citation. The submarine was decommissioned in 1946 and sunk as a target off Block Island in 1961.
Asbestos is commonly used as a fire retardant and also provides protection against corrosion. As a result, it has been used in shipbuilding prior to 1980. The most common professions where exposure to asbestos is prevalent include pipefitter, plumber, shipyard workers, and Naval sailors. If asbestos is the cause of your medical conditions or the death of a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation for the cost of treatment and pain and suffering that are awarded under law.