The USS Barracuda, named after a rapacious fish, was laid down on 1 July 1949 by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut and commissioned on 10 November. As asbestos was highly present on US submarines between 1920 and 1970, it makes no exception. The submarine is part of three SSK vessels, the other two being USS Bass (SSK-2) and USS Bonita (SSK-3), which also contained asbestos. The USS Barracuda, whose purpose was to carry out training and experimental exercises, was decommissioned on 1 October 1973 at Charleston and was stricken on the same day. Afterwards, it was sold for scrap.