USS Sailfish (SS-192) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Originally named Squalus, the keel of the submarine was laid down by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1937 and won 9 battle stars for World War II service, as well as multiple medals, including the American Defense Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Since it came to life when asbestos was a widely employed building material, the wall insulation on the submarine is very likely to have contained it. For this reason, we advise veterans who served on the USS Sailfish to keep a close eye on their health. The submarine was decommissioned in 1945 and subsequently sold for scrapping.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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