SSN 705 City of Corpus Christi
The USS City of Corpus Christi was commissioned on January 8, 1983. Her keel was laid on September 4, 1979 and she was launched less then two years laer on April 25, 1981. The boat was christened Corpus Christi 25 April 1981 at the General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, Conn.
In November 1981 the National Conference of Catholic Bishops formally asked the Navy to change the name because it was offensive for a warship to be named Corpus Christi, Latin for 'Body of Christ.' Vatican Radio said the American bishops found the name 'blasphemous.' "The secretary of the Navy has not decided to rename the Corpus Christi," a Navy spokesman said 27 NOvember 1981. "The Navy intended only to honor the proud city just as submarines honored the cities of Los Angeles, San Jose and Santa Barbara." Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, -- son and grandson of Methodist ministers - named the 360-foot submarine for the Texas city of Corpus Christi, the spokesman said. The bishop of Corpus Christi, the Most Rev. Thomas Drury, has led the campaign to change the name of the boat.
After studying the objections, the Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman, said the name will not be changed. In a letter to Bishop Thomas J. Drury of Corpus Christi, who had protested use of the name, Lehman noted 05 December 1981 that the primary function of the submarine was ''peacekeeping,'' and defended both the name of the ship and its mission. "I must express to you my concern as a Catholic with the theme that seems to underlie this issue; that naval ships and even military service are somehow profane and less worthy of association with the Sacred Name than, for instance, the city itself. I cannot accept such an implication."
The name of the ship was in dispute before she was commissioned in 1983. President Reagan renamed her the City of Corpus Christi, but aboard ship she is the Corpus Christi except to one officer who sometimes calls her "the City of".
She is the second naval vessel named for the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. A World War II patrol escort also was named Corpus Christi. Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s she earned numerous awards including SUBRON 2 Battle Efficiency and Engineering Excellence "E" awards and she recieved the Meritorious Unit Commendation in 1985, and the Navy Unit Commendation in 1986.
After successful deployments in 1993 and 1994 she won the Battle Efficiency "E" in 1994 and was awarded the Tactical "T" for excellence in submarine tactics in 1995.
In 1997 she was transferred to SUBRON 4.
In 1998 she made an emergency deployment to the Mediterranean.
In 1999, SSN 705 completed a 5 and half month UNITAS deployment in which she circumnavigated the South American continent.
In March 2000 SSN 705 commenced a refueling at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Corpus Christi, named for the major Texas seaport city Corpus Christi, departed from the shipyard in mid-August 2002 following a record-breaking maintenance period.
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.
The submarine's final destination was Submarine Squadron 15 located in Guam. The Navy plans to homeport three fast-attack submarines on Guam.
City of Corpus Christi arrived on island Oct. 17, 2002
City of Corpus Christi left for deployment to the western Pacific Nov. 22, 2003. Submarines homeported in Guam can expect shorter, more frequent deployments because of shorter transit times.
USS City of Corpus Christi returned to Guam Dec. 23, 2003 after completing its first deployment since being homeported here last year. The submarine was the first of three Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines to be homeported in Guam as part of Submarine Squadron 15 and the first to deploy to the western Pacific from Guam. The Pacific Submarine Force and the Pearl Harbor waterfront said farewell to the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) in a decommissioning ceremony on Memorial Day, 30 May 2016, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. During her 33 years of patrolling the world's oceans, City of Corpus Christi has circumnavigated the globe, completed multiple overseas deployments and several first-in-class distinctions such as the first to complete an engineering refueling overhaul in record 24 months.
City of Corpus Christi had been assigned to Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, since her arrival to Apra Harbor, Guam, in October 2002, becoming the first-ever forward deployed fast-attack submarine. In May 2011, City of Corpus Christi came to Pearl Harbor for a final overhaul and to serve out its final years. City of Corpus Christi was the 18th ship of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines and the 2nd ship to bear the name of Corpus Christi, Texas.
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