The USS Tulare (AKA-112) was a Tulare-class attack cargo ship laid down on February 16, 1953, and launched on December 22, the same year. It was commissioned three years after that on January 12, 1956, under Capt. Donald W. Todd’s command and served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on March 31, 1986. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 435 men on board. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 31, 1992. For its activity, USS Tulare received 11 battle stars, one Navy Unit Commendation, and one Meritorious Unit Commendation. Friable asbestos refers to all asbestos products that can be crumbled in your hand. Their brittle nature makes it easier for them to break apart and release fibers into the air. In Navy ships built between World War II and the late-1970s, you will often find it in substances like sprayed-on insulation. For more information on common materials that may contain asbestos, please call us at 760.621.6147.