The USS General John Pope (AP-110), a troop transport that served with the United States Navy in World War II. was launched under a Maritime Commission contract 21 March 1943 by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Kearny, New Jersey; acquired by the Navy 2 July 1943; placed in ferry commission the same day for the transfer to Baltimore for conversion to transport by Maryland Drydock Company, and commissioned in full 5 August 1943, with Captain George D. Lyon in command. After the war, the ship was transferred to the Army and redesignated USAT General John Pope. It later served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a civilian-manned Military Sea Transportation Service vessel, as USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110). Asbestos is a fibrous mineral found in nature. It was widely adopted by many industries, including shipbuilding, because of its insulation and non-conductive properties, which resulted in the use of asbestos for purposes such as insulation of pipes, pumps, boilers, turbines, electrical fixtures, and hull construction. Asbestos fibers are easily disturbed and can become airborne. If inhaled, the material is toxic. Unfortunately, this may result in a slew of health problems affecting the lungs and other systems of the body.