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Radio Call Sign: November - Charlie - Romeo - Romeo

K-2 (SSK-2)
Bass (SS-551)


Barracuda Class Hunter-Killer Submarine: Laid down, 23 February 1950, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 2 May 1951; Commissioned USS K-2 (SSK-2), 16 November 1952; Renamed USS Bass (SSK-2), 15 December 1955; Decommissioned, 1 October 1957; Laid up in the Reserve Fleet; Hull number changed to (SS-551), 15 August 1959; Struck from the Naval Register in 1965; Final Disposition; Sold to Nassco, Terminal Island, S. F., CA.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 765 t., Submerged: 1,160 t.; Length 196' 1"; Beam 24' 6"; Speed, Surfaced 13 kts, Submerged 8.5 kts; Test Depth, 400 ft; Complement 4 Officers, 33 Enlisted; Armament, four 21 torpedo tubes; Propulsion, diesel-electric, General Motors diesel engines, Fuel Capacity 54,000 gals., General Electric motors, 1,050hp, Battery cells 252, single propeller.
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K-2 142k Keel laying ceremonies of Bass (SSK-2) at Mare Island on 23 May 1950. USN photo # 5508-2-50, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 145k Keel laying ceremonies of Bass (SSK-2) at Mare Island on 23 May 1950. Front row left to right: Honorary Welders, G. E. Montoure, Quarterman Welder and C. H. Butler, Quarterman Shipfitter. Back row left to right: RADM A. E. Haven (Shipyard Commandant), RADM F. J. Lowry (Area Commander Mare Island), RADM B. J. Rogers (Commandant 12th Naval District), and Capt. R. J. Moore (Production Officer). USN photo # 5510-2-50, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 279k Bow view of Bass (SSK-2) on the building ways at Mare Island on 7 July 1950. USN photo # 6566-7-50, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 236k Stern view of Bass (SSK-2) on the building ways on the day of her launching at Mare Island on 2 May 1951. The Bonita (SSK-3) is being built on the ways to the right. USN photo # 9091-5-51, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 94k Mrs. J. J. Crane the sponsor of the Bass (SSK-2) at the prelaunch reception at the Officer's Club at Mare Island. USN photo # NY9-9098-5-51, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 86k Mrs. E. A. M. Gendreau (Matron of Honor) and Mrs. J. J. Crane (Sponsor) are seen prior to the launching of Bass (SSK-2) at Mare Island on 2 May 1951. USN photo # 9099-5-51, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 994k Governor and Mrs. Earl Warren at the launching of the Bass (SSK-2) at Mare Island on 2 May 1951. USN photo # 9102-5-51, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 191k Mrs. J. J. Crane, Ship's Sponsor, christens the Bass (SSK-2) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 2 May 1951. USN photo # NY9-9101-5-51, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 2.20k Starboard view of Bass (SSK-2) going down the way at Mare Island on 2 May 1951. USN photo # 9105-5-51 TH01 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 2.10k Port view of Bass (SSK-2) going down the way at Mare Island on 2 May 1951. USN photo # 9105-5-51 TH02 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 147k Bass (SSK-2) immediately after her launching at Mare Island on 2 May 1951 with a tug along side to assist moving her to a berth. Object floating forward of Bass is her launching cradle.
USN photo # 9096-5-51, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 191k The Bass (SSK-2) is waterborne after her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 2 May 1951. USN photo # 82012-5-51,courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 247k Bass (SSK-2) is waterborne after her launching at Mare Island on 2 May 1951. USN photo # 9096-5-51, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 92k Postal cover marking the launching of the Bass (SSK-2) on 2 May 1951 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 155k Commissioning ceremonies for Bass (SSK-2) at Mare Island on 16 November 1951. USN photo # 11091-11-51, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 2.00k Mrs. John J. Crane (Sponsor) presents a plaque to the LCDR Davis E. Bunting a the reception following the commissioning of the Bass (SSK-2) on 16 November 1951 at Mare Island. RADM B. J. Rodgers, Commandant 12th Naval District, looks on. USN photo # 11091-11-51 TH 04 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 666k LCDR Davis E. Bunting (left), commanding officer, and LT Norman Bessac, executive officer, aboard the Bass (SSK-2) on 16 November 1951 during her commissioning ceremony at Mare Island. USN photo # 11091-11-51 TH 06 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 2.50k Stern view of the Bass (SSK-2) during her commissioning ceremony at Mare Island on 16 November 1951. USN photo # 11091-11-51 TH 01 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 94k Bow on view of Bass (SSK-2) departing Mare Island on 1 February 1952. USN photo # 11691-2-52, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 507k Bass (SSK-2) on sea trials on February 1952. Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum photo # 12041-2-52 TH, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 95k Stern view of Bass (SSK-2) departing Mare Island on 1 February 1952. USN photo # 11694-2-52, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 292k The Bass (SSK-2) sometime between 1952 & 1955. USN photo from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships submitted by Robert Hurst.
K-2 95k Bass (SSK-2) & Bonita (SSK-3) at Pearl Harbor, 1953. USN photo courtesy of Grant Riddle / submarinebaseph.com.
K-3 34k Bass (SSK-2), Bonita (SSK-3),Greenfish (SS-351) and Pickerel (SS-524) at Pearl Harbor, 1953. Courtesy of Grant Riddle / submarinebaseph.com.
K-2 112k The Bass (SSK-2) appears here sometime in 1957. She operated out of Pearl Harbor until June 1957. On 26 June 1957 she returned to the United States and operated along the west coast until going out of commission in reserve 1 October 1957. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
K-2 632k Lt Marvin F. Scoggina Jr. (commanding officer) speaks at the final inactivation ceremony aboard Bass (SSK-2) at Mare Island Reserve Fleet, 20 December 1957. Capt L. T. Stone (Submarine Admin. Commander) is to the right on Lt Scoggina. Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum photo # 37499-12-57 TH, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
K-2 208k The Bass (SSK-2) in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island on 24 August 1965. USN photo # 69457, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Growler4.12k Aerial photo of the Mare Island Reserve Fleet taken 25 November 1966 shown Growler (SSG-577), six old fleet boats, Bass (SSK-2),Bonita (SSK-3), Grayback (SSG-574) and another fleet boat.The Pelias (AS-14) is the sub tender located with the submarines. Photograph courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
PDF added 01/18/16.
K-2 125k Bow view of the Bass (SSK-2), date and place unknown. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.

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