USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705)

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USS City Of Corpus Christi (SSN-705), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Corpus Christi, Texas, though she is the only one required to bear the "City of" prefix (added to placate protesters who claimed that it was improper to name a warship "the body of Christ", the meaning of the Latin phrase "Corpus Christi").

The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 31 October 1973 and her keel was laid down on 4 September 1979. She was launched on 25 April 1981 sponsored by Mrs. John Tower, and commissioned on 8 January 1983 with Commander W.G. "Jerry" Ellis in command.

The ship's patch was chosen by the crew based on entries to an art contest sponsored by the Corpus Christi, TX city government.

Current Captain: Commander Robert M. Gaucher

Ship's Motto: "For God and Country"

References

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register and various press releases.

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