USS City of Corpus Christi

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USS City of Corpus Christi
United States
NameUSS City of Corpus Christi
NamesakeCorpus Christi, Texas
Ordered31 October 1973
BuilderGeneral Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down4 September 1979
Launched25 April 1981
Commissioned8 January 1983
Decommissioned3 August 2017
Stricken3 August 2017
MottoFor God and Country
StatusStricken, to be disposed of by submarine recycling
General characteristics
Class and typeLos Angeles-class submarine
Displacement5770 tons light, 6144 tons full, 374 tons dead loaded
Length110.3 m (361 ft 11 in)
Beam10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Draft9.7 m (31 ft 10 in)
PropulsionOne S6G reactor
Speed25 knots (46 km/h)[1]
Complement12 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."


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]


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]

During the naval Exercise Malabar, between the navies of India, the United States and Japan, in a simulated battle, the 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 berthed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington,[5] having moved there after being deactivated on 30 May 2016.


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. ^ "O'Neill claims 'Corpus Christi' inappropriate as name for sub". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 24 April 1982. Retrieved 13 March 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  3. ^ "Sub City of Corpus Christi to be commissioned Jan. 8". New London Day. 30 December 1982 – via Google News Archive.
  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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