USS Hake (SS-256) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Having earned 7 battle stars for World War II activity, the USS Hake was built in 1941 and was commissioned one year later with Lieutenant Commander J. C. Broach in command. Since asbestos was very popular during the middle of the last century, the mineral was lurking in the wall insulation of the submarine, which put the health of those serving on it at great risk. We strongly encourage veterans who were present on the USS Hake to undergo periodical medical examinations to ensure the asbestos fibers they breathed in have not affected their lungs. While the vessel was decommissioned in 1946, it was turned into an auxiliary submarine (AGSS-256) in 1962 and continued to serve out of commission as a training ship for reservists at Philadelphia. Eventually, it was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1967 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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