The USS Lancetfish (SS-296), a Balao-class submarine, was laid down on 30 September 1942 by Cramp Shipbuilding Company of Philadelphia; launched on 15 August 1943 sponsored by Miss Beatrice P. Barker, towed to Boston Navy Yard 19 May 1944 for completion, and commissioned 12 February 1945 with Commander Ellis Burton Orr in command. While tied up alongside Pier 8, the ship flooded through an aft torpedo tube and sank 15 March 1945. It was raised eight days later and decommissioned on 24 March. Assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in uncompleted condition, the USS Lancetfish (SS-296) was transferred to the First Naval District on 27 February 1947 and assigned to the New London Group on 9 December 1952. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Lancetfish (SS-296), several factors may influence whether harmful health effects will occur. These factors include the dosage (quantity), the duration (length of time), and whether or not you smoke. Generally, asbestos-related health problems are the result of long-term exposure to large concentrations of airborne fibers.