An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

About

Three years before the United States entered World War II, Congress found that a lack of aviation training facilities constituted a grave situation for our nation. It recommended the establishment of a second air training station, and that it be located on Corpus Christi Bay.

As a result of their foresight, NAS Corpus Christi was commissioned on March 12, 1941, and flight training began in the Coastal Bend area on May 5, 1941, just months before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In its first year, 800 instructors provided training for more than 300 cadets a month. The training rate nearly doubled after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and, by the end of World War II, more than 35,000 aviators had earned their wings at Corpus Christi, contributing significantly to the success of America’s naval operations.

Air training continued to be the primary mission for the base after the war with Naval Air Training Command headquarters moving to Corpus Christi in 1972; but the base also began gaining other critical missions. In 1961, the Army established what is now the largest helicopter repair depot in the world.

Today there are more than 40 tenant commands and activities located on NAS Corpus Christi. The air training program is much longer than when it was established in 1941 - approximately 18 months due to the increased complexity of today’s aircraft - and far fewer pilots here receive their Wings of Gold - about 600 newly qualified aviators each year.

Today the base is the major hub of military activity in South Texas. More than 8,300 employees from all parts of the country - military from all branches of the service, civil service employees and contractors - now work at NAS Corpus Christi. All work together to support our national defense.

 

Google Translation Disclaimer

  • Google Translate, a third party service provided by Google, performs all translations directly and dynamically.
  • Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, www.c7f.navy.mil has no control over the features, functions, or performance of the Google Translate service.
  • The automated translations should not be considered exact and should be used only as an approximation of the original English language content.
  • This service is meant solely for the assistance of limited English-speaking users of the website.
  • Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, www.c7f.navy.mil does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information translated.
  • Some items cannot be translated, including but not limited to image buttons, drop down menus, graphics, photos, or portable document formats (pdfs).
  • Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, www.c7f.navy.mil does not directly endorse Google Translate or imply that it is the only language translation solution available to users.
  • All site visitors may choose to use similar tools for their translation needs. Any individuals or parties that use Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, www.c7f.navy.mil content in translated form, whether by Google Translate or by any other translation services, do so at their own risk.
  • IE users: Please note that Google Translate may not render correctly when using Internet Explorer. Users are advised to use MS Edge, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser to take full advantage of the Google Translate feature.
  • The official text of content on this site is the English version found on this website. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in translated text, refer to the English version on this website, it is the official version.

Commander, Navy Region Southeast   |   PO Box 102   |   Jacksonville, FL 32212-0102
Official U.S. Navy Website