USS City of Corpus Christi Arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) arrived at the boat’s new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, May 1, after completing a homeport shift from Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 in Guam.
City of Corpus Christi, known by the crew for the ship’s motto “For God and Country,” departed Guam April 14.
Upon the boat’s arrival to Pearl Harbor, City of Corpus Christi will be assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 7.
While transiting to Hawaii, the crew completed a theater security cooperation port visit in Brisbane, Australia. In transit, the crew also conducted a time-honored Navy tradition of “crossing the line,” a unique ceremony where the submarine crossed the equator and the International Date Line at the same time, allowing the crew to qualify as “Golden Shellbacks.”
The crew of about 130 personnel is looking forward to enjoying the sights, sounds and culture of Hawaii.
“The crew is very excited to get to Hawaii,” said Cmdr. Robert Gaucher, City of Corpus Christi’s commanding officer. “But at the same time, I am sure they will miss the excitement and challenges of operations on the frontline in Guam.”
City Of Corpus Christi is the second ship to be named after the Texas city and is capable of conducting anti-surface and anti-submarine operations along with guided-missile strike operations using conventional Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.
Ronald Gutridge (navy)
Source: navy, May 2, 2011;