The USS Sargo was a nuclear-powered submarine built by the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1957. Asbestos materials and products were found throughout the ship.
USS Sargo (SSN 583) – Navy Submarine (Nuclear-Powered)
Status: Disposed of by Submarine Recycling
Launch Date: 10/10/1957
Commission Date: 10/1/1958
Decommission Date: 2/26/1988
The USS Sargo was designed for Arctic cruises. Her sail was strengthened, and she received several scientific instruments to help her navigate under the polar ice cap. She also helped gather oceanographic and hydrographic data that added to research about the area. She earned the Navy Unit Commendation for this cruise and for the information she gathered. She experienced a catastrophic fire in 1960 which resulted in the death of the crewman whom was tending the oxygen line that sprung a leak causing the fire. The crewman who sacrificed his life and all the other men on board were awarded medals and letters of commendation for outstanding courage above the call of duty for their heroic actions while trying to save the ship. She spent three months in dry dock after for repairs. When she resumed duty, she conducted several training exercises.
A submarine is a type of watercraft that has the ability to travel underwater. The first military submarine was the Turtle (1775), a hand-powered acorn-shaped device designed by the American David Bushnell to accommodate a single person. However, submarines were not widely used by the military until World War II. During the Second World War, the submarine force was the most effective anti-ship and anti-submarine weapon in the entire American arsenal, and was crewed by some of the bravest military personnel. Unfortunately, while serving their country, these men were exposed to asbestos while on board submarines. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping aboard these vessels.
Anyone who served on a submarine should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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