The USS Ray (SS-271) was a Gato-class that was laid down on 20 July 1942; launched on 28 February 1943 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, Wisconsin; sponsored by Mrs. S. C. Loomis; and commissioned 27 July 1943, Lt. Comdr. B. J. Harral in command. After training in Lake Michigan until 15 August, the USS Ray (SS-271) arrived at Coco Solo, C.Z., via New Orleans on 31 August for intensive training. Departing Panama on 5 October, she reached Brisbane on 30 October. In 1958, the submarine was decommissioned and was sold for scrap 2 years later.
Asbestos, a naturally occurring carcinogenic mineral, was present on the USS Ray (SS-271), mostly in the form of insulation, which put the health of those who served on it at great risk. For this reason, we highly recommend undergoing yearly medical examination as a preventive measure, to make sure the asbestos they inhaled has not affected their lungs.