USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705)

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History
United States
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: Stricken, to be disposed of by submarine recycling
Badge: 705insig.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Displacement: 5770 tons light, 6144 tons full, 374 tons dead loaded
Length: 110.3 m (361 ft 11 in)
Beam: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Draft: 9.7 m (31 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: One S6G reactor
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)[1]
Complement: 12 officers, 98 enlisted

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."

Etymology[edit]

The "City of" prefix was added before its 1983 commissioning to clarify that the ship is meant to honor the city, in response to Catholic politicians who protested against naming a warship using Latin words which translate to "Body of Christ."[2]

History[edit]

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.[3] The ship's patch was chosen by the crew based on entries to an art contest sponsored by the Corpus Christi, Texas city government.[citation needed]

In an operation during the naval exercise Malabar, between the navies of India, the United States and Japan which featured a simulated battle, Indian Navy's INS Sindhudhvaj reportedly scored a kill against City of Corpus Christi.[4] Sindhudhvaj is a Soviet-built Kilo class, but upgraded with the Indian USHUS sonar.

The ship is currently homeported in Bremerton, Washington,[5] having moved there after being deactivated on 30 May 2016.

References[edit]

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register and various press releases.

  1. ^ "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)
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard, April 24, 1982
  3. ^ New London Day, December 30, 1982
  4. ^ "In underwater battle, India 'annihilates' American n-submarine". India Today. 28 November 2015.
  5. ^ "USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN 705)". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 28 June 2016.

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