USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI was the 18th LOS ANGELES class attack submarine and the 13th ship of that class built by Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. On May 31, 2017, the CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI departed her homeport Pearl Harbor, Hi., enroute to Bremerton, Wash., to commence her year-long inactivation process. A decommissioning ceremony was held on May 30, 2017. The submarine was officially decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on August 3, 2017.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: October 31, 1973|
|Keel Laid: September 4, 1979|
|Launched: April 25, 1981|
|Commissioned: January 8, 1983|
|Decommissioned: August 3, 2017|
|Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Conn.|
|Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor|
|Length: 360 feet (109.73 meters)|
|Beam: 33 feet (10 meters)|
|Draft: 32,15 feet (9.8 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 6,000 tons Submerged: approx. 6,900 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots Submerged: approx. 32 knots|
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the ship’s Name and History:
USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI is named for the major Texas seaport city Corpus Christi which was founded in 1839. Today, the city is an industrial and commercial center and has a population of 258,100.
On September 18, 2002, USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI arrived at Naval Base Point Loma, Calif., from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, N.H., for a port visit en route to the submarine’s new home port in Guam.
In March 2002, the submarine completed an Engineering Refueling Overhaul in less than 24 months. When the overhaul was complete, it was hailed by the Navy as the first work package of its kind to be completed ahead of schedule and on budget.
Following sea trials, the submarine returned to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for a second upgrade package. After more than two years, the submarine received maintenance and system upgrades with a projected price tag of $300 million.
After the overhaul, CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI shifted its homeport from Groton, CT, to Guam where the submarine is assigned to Submarine Squadron 15.
The homeporting of attack submarines in Guam is a step to optimize force structure and improve submarine forward-deployed presence.
Guam's Central Pacific location offers significant savings in both time and distance for submarines and provides increased days of operations, exercises and engagement to help close the gap in meeting mission and contingency response requirements.
USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI at Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., on October 5, 2012. The submarine came to Point Loma for repairs to its Low Pressure Air Dryer.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the ex-CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI laid up at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on June 12, 2022, awaiting recycling.