The USS Triton was a Tambor-class submarine laid down on July 5, 1939, and launched on March 25, the following year. It was commissioned on August 15, 1940, under Lt. Cmdr. Willis A. Lent’s command with the hull number SS-201 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years before it was sunk on March 15, 1943, near the Admiralty Islands. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 60 people on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Shanghai, Brisbane, Truk, New Guinea or New Ireland. For the service brought to the country during World War II, the USS Triton received 5 battle stars.
Like all ships built prior to the 1980s, the USS Triton was filled with asbestos-containing materials, more than 300 materials were used. This toxic material was used in almost every part of the ship, a fact that put the military staff at great risk. Many veterans have later developed mesothelioma and other serious asbestos-related conditions due to their exposure during their service, for this reason, Navy veterans who get sick because of military asbestos exposure are eligible for free health care, disability compensation, and other VA benefits.