US Navy’s Los Angeles-class submarine USS City of Corpus Christi decommissioned

1 June 2016 (Last Updated June 1st, 2016 18:30)

The US Navy's Pacific Submarine Force has decommissioned the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), after serving for more than 33 years, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

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The US Navy's Pacific Submarine Force has decommissioned the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), after serving for more than 33 years, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The City of Corpus Christi was the first-ever forward-deployed fast-attack submarine deployed to the US Pacific Fleet's Submarine Force.

The 362ft-long submarine is the 18th vessel of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines and is the second ship to be christened after the city of Corpus Christi in Texas, US.

"She is the manifestation of our collective will not only to survive, but to thrive as a nation of free people."

Built by Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics, the submarine has a displacement capacity of 6,100t and is equipped with Mk-48 advanced capability torpedoes.

The submarine was the first vessel to complete an engineering refuelling overhaul in 24 months. It underwent its final overhaul programme in May 2011.

City of Corpus Christi current commanding officer commander Travis Petzoldt said: "She is the manifestation of our collective will not only to survive, but to thrive as a nation of free people.

"On behalf of the United States, thank you to all the men and women who have touched this fine ship, who have designed her, built her, took care of her and sailed in her."

City of Corpus Christi will sail to the Pacific Northwest, where it will be prepared to be inactivated.


Image: City of Corpus Christi during the decommissioning ceremony. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H Lee.