The USS Rutilicus (AK-113) was a Crater-class cargo ship operated by the US Navy in World War II. Like most other cargo ships of its time, the USS Rutilicus was used for troops and cargo delivery in the war zones, specifically in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Throughout the war, the ship assisted the invasion operations in the Marshall Islands, the Marianas, the Philippines, and the Battle of Okinawa. The ship survived the war and was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet until October 1971 when it was sold to a private company from Spain for scrapping. The USS Rutilicus received two battle stars for its service during World War II.
Asbestos-containing material is not generally considered to be harmful unless it is releasing dust or fibers into the air where they can be inhaled or ingested. Water damage, continual vibration, aging, and physical impact such as drilling, grinding, buffing, cutting, sawing, or striking can increase the friability of asbestos-containing materials and making fiber release more likely.