The USS R-6 (SS-83) was an R-class coastal and harbor defense submarine of the United States Navy. Laid down at Fore River Shipbuilding Company in Massachusetts, the USS R-6 (SS-83) went through both World War I and World War II. While it was not built with asbestos from the very beginning, the mineral might have been present on the submarine after it was recommissioned in 1940, which represents a serious risk of exposure to those who served on it. It was decommissioned in 1945 and subsequently sold for scrap. Between April and August, the submarine was involved in testing the United States version of the snorkel. The first US-made snorkel was tested using the USS R-6 (SS-83) in August 1945, operating out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness after serving in the Navy, particularly during and after WWII and the Korean War, you may be entitled to substancialcompensation from the companies that manufactured and sold these dangerous products to the military. You may also be eligible for free health care, disability compensation and other VA benefits.