USS Corpus Christi (PF-44)

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USS Corpus Christi (PF-44)
United States
NameCorpus Christi
NamesakeCity of Corpus Christi, Texas
BuilderConsolidated Steel Corporation, Wilmington, California
Laid down17 July 1943
Launched17 August 1943
Commissioned29 January 1944
Decommissioned2 August 1946
FateSold, 3 October 1947
General characteristics
Class and typeTacoma-class frigate
  • 1,430 long tons (1,453 t) light
  • 2,415 long tons (2,454 t) full
Length303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)
Beam37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Draft13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
  • 2 × 5,500 shp (4,101 kW) turbines
  • 3 boilers
  • 2 shafts
Speed20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)

USS Corpus Christi (PF-44), a Tacoma-class frigate, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for Corpus Christi, Texas.


Corpus Christi (PF-44) was launched 17 August 1943, by Consolidated Steel Corp., Wilmington, California; sponsored by Mrs. C. Driscoll; commissioned 29 January 1944, at San Pedro, California and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

Service history[edit]

Corpus Christi cleared San Pedro on 31 May 1944, sailing for Nouméa, Cairns, and Perth, Western Australia, arriving 18 July. Here she had duty aiding submarines in exercises and training under Commander, Submarines, 7th Fleet. Corpus Christi was twice commended for unusual accomplishments while under this command, first for locating and rescuing 92 survivors of the torpedoed SS Peter Silvester in the Indian Ocean 13 February 1945 after an extended search by all available ships of the United States and Australian Navies, and second, for refueling the British battleship HMS Howe at sea between 13 and 15 June.

Corpus Christi stood out of Perth 27 August 1945 for Manus, Pearl Harbor, and San Pedro, arriving 3 October. Here she was converted into a weather ship at Terminal Island. Corpus Christi was on loan to the Coast Guard from 15 April to 5 July 1946. She was decommissioned 2 August 1946 and sold 3 October 1947.


Public Domain This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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