USS Corvina SS-226 (1942 -1944)

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The USS Corvina was the only ship to be named for the corvine, random food fishes related to the weakfish and the croaker of the Atlantic coast.  A Gato-class submarine, she was laid down by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut in September of 1942 and launches on May 9th 1943. Corvina was sponsored by Mrs. R.W. Christie and commissioned on August 6th with Commander Roderick S. Rooney in command.

Fate of the Corvina

Corvina arrived at Peral Harbor in October 14 1943 and put out on her maiden war patrol November 4th. She fueled up at Johnston Island two days later and never heard from again.

With a dangerous assignment of patrolling as closely as possible the guard -saturated Japanese submarine, Truk, and the task of intercepting Japanese sortie that may endanger the forthcoming American invasion of the Gilbert Islands, the Corvina met her fate. Japanese records report that the Truk launched three torpedoes at an enemy submarine with two hits which resulted in the explosion of the target.  If this was in fact the Corvina, she would have been the only American submarine to be sunk by a Japanese submarine in the entire war. She, along with her crew of 82 were announced lost March 14, 1944.

Asbestos in Navy Ships

Although an essential component of the naval fleet, especially throughout conflicts of the last century, submarines also pose a lasting health risk to soldiers serving on them. However, these risks extend beyond the inherent dangers that existed while operating the vessels during military conflicts. Unfortunately, products containing asbestos were also common aboard submarines because of the material’s high resistance to heat and fire. Despite its value as an insulator, asbestos fiber intake can lead to several serious health consequences, including mesothelioma, a devastating cancer without cure. Furthermore, the enclosed environment of submarines put servicemen at an even higher risk of exposure. Current and former military personnel who came into contact with or served on submarines should seek immediate medical attention in order to detect possible health consequences associated with asbestos exposure.


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