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USS City of Corpus Christi Arrives in Laem Chabang

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS091024-03
Release Date: 10/24/2009 5:21:00 PM

From Submarine Group 7 Public Affairs

LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (NNS) -- USS City Of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), one of the U.S. Navy's three forward deployed fast attack nuclear powered submarines, arrived in Laem Chabang, Thailand on Oct. 24 for a scheduled port visit.

"Thailand is a key partner in the Western Pacific region, and we look forward to this opportunity to meet with our allies in the Thai Navy, exchange ideas, and build fellowship during our visit," said Cmdr. Rob Gaucher, commanding officer, USS City of Corpus Christi. "We are also very excited to experience the great hospitality and culture of the Pattaya area."

While visiting Laem Chabang, City of Corpus Christi Sailors will support a local Habitat for Humanity house building project, bring gifts to the Pattaya orphanage, participate in a soccer game at Asia University, and host several tours for local officials and military representatives on board the submarine.

"Our presence furthers the U.S. – Thai bond built during Exercises Cobra Gold and CARAT and demonstrates our mutual commitment to regional peace, security, and stability," Gaucher added.

City Of Corpus Christi was the second of three Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine forward deployed to the island of Guam and the first to be modernized in theater when the submarine was outfitted with the latest sonar, navigation and weapons control systems in the United States Submarine Force. City of Corpus Christi is capable of conducting anti-surface and anti-submarine operations along with guided missile strike operations using conventional Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.

City of Corpus Christi is commanded by Cmdr. Robert Gaucher and serves under Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen in Guam and Commander, Submarine Group 7 in Yokosuka, Japan.

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