The USS S-30 (SS-135) was an S-class submarine of the United States Navy during World War II, laid down on 1 April 1918 by the Union Iron Works at San Francisco, California, and launched in 1918, which means asbestos might have been present in its walls as insulation. It conducted tests and exercises off the California coast in the summer of 1921. The USS S-30 was decommissioned twice for engine alterations and other reparations. It also won 2 battle stars during World War II. The vessel was finally decommissioned in 1945 and later sold for scrap.
Asbestos’s fire-retardant and insulating uses, and thus its extensive use by the military in ships, placed many Navy veterans at risk of long-term health problems. If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening, asbestosis, mesothelioma, or lung cancer as a result of the inhalation of asbestos dust, you are entitled to benefits from the federal government and from one or more of the established asbestos trust funds.