The USS Thresher (SS-200), a Tambor-class submarine, was launched on 27 March 1940 sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Cox Jones, wife of RADM Claud A. Jones and commissioned on 27 August 1940, with Lieutenant Commander William Lovett Anderson (U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1926) in command. As the most decorated submarine of World War II, the USS Thresher earned 15 battle stars. The USS Thresher (SS-200) was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1947 and subsequently sold for scrap. Due to the long interval between asbestos exposure and the development of asbestos-induced diseases, the full burden of lung-related ailments caused by asbestos will become apparent around 2020. We highly recommend that Navy veterans who are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease seek advice as to their potential compensation entitlements at the earliest opportunity. You may also be eligible for compensation if you had a loved one who passed away because of an asbestos-related illness.