The USS Bass (SSK-2) was built by Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1950 and launched one year later. It was equipped with the large BQR-4 bow-mounted sonar array as part of Project Kayo, which experimented with the use of passive acoustics with low-frequency bow-mounted sonar arrays. Since asbestos was a very popular building material back in the day, the USS Bass also contained large amounts of it. The submarine was decommissioned in 1957, struck in 1965, and subsequently sold as scrap.
Asbestos-related diseases often take decades to develop, so Navy veterans and shipyard workers who were exposed many years ago may be just now facing a diagnosis of mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis. If you or a loved one served in the Navy decades ago but have just been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you still have a right to pursue compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA disability compensation.