USS Hackleback (SS-295) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Named after the hackleback, the smallest species of freshwater sturgeon which can be found in the United States, the submarine was launched in 1943 with Lieutenant Commander Frederick E. Janney in command. Because asbestos was a very popular building material during the middle of the last century, it could also be found onboard of the USS Hackleback in tremendous amounts, from wall insulation to components such as gaskets and valves. Everyone who was present on the submarine was inevitably exposed to carcinogenic asbestos fibers, so we strongly encourage veterans to make sure their lungs are in good condition by undergoing periodical medical examinations. In 1946, the vessel was decommissioned and later sold for scrapping.

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