The USS Pollack (SS-180) was a Porpoise-class submarine laid down on October 1, 1935, and launched on September 15, the following year. It was commissioned on January 15, 1936, under Lt. Clarence E. Aldrich’s command with the hull number SS-180 and it served in the US Navy for 8 years before it was decommissioned on September 21, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 73 people on board and had its main missions in New London, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Honshu, and Alaska. For the service brought to the country during World War II, the USS Pollack received 10 battle stars.
More than 300 asbestos-containing materials have been used in the manufacturing process of naval ships until the mid-1970s when the health risks of asbestos exposure became more generally known. Due to its affordability, tensile strength, and resistance to heat and chemical damage, asbestos was largely used in the manufacturing process of the ships. The prolonged exposure to asbestos aboard naval vessels caused many veterans to later develop mesothelioma and other serious asbestos-related conditions.