NAS Corpus Christi Back to Normal Operating Status Following Lockdown

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Station Corpus Christi was placed on lockdown briefly after employees of the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) reported, at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 11, that a fellow employee made verbal threats.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Dec. 11, employees of the Corpus Christi Army Depot onboard Naval Air Station Corpus Christi reported that a fellow employee made verbal threats.

According to a statement from NAS Corpus Christi, the commanding officer of the air station immediately placed the base on lockdown and closed the gates to all traffic following the incident “in the interest of everyone’s safety”.

“Installation security forces responded promptly and effectively apprehended the suspect for questioning without injury. Security forces swept and cleared the scene, and once it was deemed safe, the lockdown was lifted and the gates were reopened to normal traffic”, the statement added.

“I am relieved to report no one was injured,” said NAS Corpus Christi Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Jason. “The safety of our employees and families, and of our surrounding community, is my top priority. We are keenly aware of the recent incidents at other naval installations and we train diligently to respond to such situations.

“I am very proud of the prompt response from our Navy and Army Security Forces, and I am grateful for the outstanding support provided by local and federal law enforcement.”

Federal authorities are currently investigating the incident.

The NAS Corpus Christi statement said that this was an isolated incident and was not connected to recent events at other naval installations. “Should there be any additional information, it will be released as it becomes available”, the statement added.

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