Exhibit by Steve Shay Frame 2, Page 11

A History of the Submarines Built at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard

USS K-2 SSK-2 (Later renamed USS Bass SS-551)
Killer class (No reported postmarks)
Launched May 2, 1951

Launch cover, design by Martin Aden, sponsored by Mare Island Naval Shipyard Supervisors Association, shipyard machine postmark.












Designed for antisubmarine warfare as hunter-killer submarine. Length of 196′, displacement of 765 tons. Large bow sonar allowed snorkeling subs to be heard at great distance, however K-2 could not close the distance as the target could run faster submerged using diesels than the hunter could using battery power only. Stayed in service developing fleet tactics. Renamed Bass December 15, 1955. Decommissioned December 20, 1957. Designation changed to SS-551 while in reserve.


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