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USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705)

- formerly Corpus Christi -
- decommissioned -

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
Propellers: one
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
Armament: Harpoon missiles, four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes
Cost: approx. $900 million
Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted

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Crew List:

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.

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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.

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The commanding officer of the attack submarine USS City of Corpus Cristi (SSN 705), along with his navigator and lookout, guides his ship out to the Caribbean Sea from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. July 29, 1999

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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.

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