USS Tuny (SS-282) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

With Lieutenant Commander Elton Watters Grenfell in command, the USS Tuny completed 9 war patrols, having earned 2 Presidential Unit Citations for World War II service, as well as 5 battle stars during the Vietnam War. Despite the success it enjoyed, the atmosphere on the submarine was a danger to those present on it, as asbestos fibers were constantly in the air. The inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer very prevalent among Navy veterans, which is why we recommend annual medical examinations to prevent this disease, as well as other lung diseases such as asbestosis or lung cancer. In 1969, the submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and sunk as a target one year later.

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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