As the USS Bass, the USS Bonita was also built by Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California in 1950. The submarine was designed to run silently, which made it difficult to detect by snorkeling submarines. It was used to conduct experimental submarine duties. After 7 years of duty, the submarine was decommissioned and subsequently struck from the Naval Register. People who were present on the USS Bass are strongly advised to undergo a medical evaluation, as the risk of having inhaled considerable amounts of asbestos fibers is high.