USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705)
|Name:||USS City of Corpus Christi|
|Namesake:||Corpus Christi, Texas|
|Ordered:||31 October 1973|
|Builder:||General Dynamics Electric Boat|
|Laid down:||4 September 1979|
|Launched:||25 April 1981|
|Commissioned:||8 January 1983|
|Homeport:||Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam|
|Motto:||For God and Country|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2014[update]|
|Class & type:||Los Angeles-class submarine|
|Displacement:||5770 tons light, 6144 tons full, 374 tons dead loaded|
|Length:||110.3 m (362 ft)|
|Beam:||10 m (33 ft)|
|Draft:||9.7 m (32 ft)|
|Propulsion:||One S6G reactor|
|Speed:||25 knots (46 km/h)|
|Complement:||12 officers, 98 men|
USS City Of Corpus Christi (SSN-705), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Corpus Christi, Texas. The Navy originally planned to use the name "USS Corpus Christi." The "City of" prefix was added prior to the 1983 commissioning to clarify that the ship is meant to honor the city, in response to Catholic politicians who protested naming a warship using Latin words which translate to "body of Christ."
The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 31 October 1973 and her keel was laid down on 4 September 1979. She was launched on 25 April 1981 sponsored by Mrs. John Tower, and commissioned on 8 January 1983 with Commander W.G. "Jerry" Ellis in command.
The ship is currently homeported in Pearl Harbor, HI, moving there in May 2011 after being previously forward deployed to Apra Harbor, Guam.
The ship's patch was chosen by the crew based on entries to an art contest sponsored by the Corpus Christi, TX city government.
Current Captain: Commander Travis Petzoldt
Ship's Motto: "For God and Country"
This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register and various press releases.
- "U.S. Navy Fact Sheet - Attack Submarines - SSN". United States Navy. Retrieved 4 October 2013. "General Characteristics, Los Angeles class ... Speed: 25+ knots (28+ miles per hour, 46.3 +km/h)"
- Eugene Register-Guard, April 24, 1982
- New London Day, December 30, 1982
- "USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN 705)". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 18 October 2012.