The USS Marlin (SS-205) was a Mackerel-class submarine, launched in 1941, being a prototype designed with the purpose of replacing the aging S-class submarines. Since it was built during the heyday of asbestos, the toxic mineral was most likely present on the vessel in the form of wall insulation. The submarine was decommissioned in 1945 and sold for scrap one year later.
Navy veterans who came into contact with asbestos from insulation aboard ships, were susceptible to exposure by unknowingly inhaling the fibers. Once asbestos fibers enter the lungs, they can stay there forever. Over years, these fibers can lead to life-threatening diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. In some cases, asbestos fibers can become entrapped in a service member’s clothing and passed on to their family members at home.