The USS Pickerel (SS-524), a Tench-class submarine, was launched without a christening ceremony on 15 December 1944. However, after being towed to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine for completion, the submarine was simultaneously christened and commissioned on 4 April 1949 sponsored by Mrs. John R. Moore and commanded by Lieutenant Commander Paul R. Schratz. The USS Pickerel (SS-524) was transferred to Italy on 18 August 1972 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 5 December 1977. With mounting knowledge and research into the hugely dangerous and potentially deadly health effects of exposure to the substance, asbestos has emerged as one of the biggest black marks against the shipbuilding industry over the past century, and it’s still causing grief for countless thousands of Navy veterans. If you served on the USS Pickerel (SS-524), and your health has been affected by an asbestos-related condition, we want to help you during one of the most difficult times of your life by connecting you with a legal professional who can provide legal assistance to pursue financial compensation.