The keel of the USS Lancetfish was laid down by William Cramp and Sons in Philadelphia in 1942. It was a Balao-class diesel-electric submarine. The USS Lancetfish was commissioned in 1945 with Commander Ellis Burton Orr in command. While the submarine did not have a long fate, having been decommissioned after a month, it still contained large amounts of asbestos and even short exposure to this carcinogen can result in diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma. Consequently, veterans who were present on it are highly recommended to undergo regular medical check-ups to make sure their lungs are in good condition. In 1958, the USS Lancetfish was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and subsequently sold for scrap one year later.