Welcome to USS Colorado (SSN-788) Commissioning Committee web site. USS Colorado (SSN-788) is the 15th Virginia Class submarine. It was delivered to the Navy on September 21, 2017 and is currently conducting shakedown operations. After shakedown is complete, it will be commissioned on March 17, 2018 at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT. The Committee's purposes are to promote awareness within the state, provide support for the crew, and to help organize and raise money for the events surrounding commissioning.

27. May 2016 · Comments Off on Four Crewmembers to visit Colorado · Categories: Crew VIsit

Four Crewmembers of USS Colorado (SSN 788) will visit the state Saturday 28 May through Thursday 2 June to participate in various presentations and athletic events. We are fortunate to have TWO Coloradans among them: Lt. (junior grade) Mike Nielson from Arvada and Yeoman Chief Petty Officer Joshua Erikson from Fort Collins. Events will include:

  • Denver Outlaws Hero of the Game on-field recognition during the Saturday 28 May 6:30 pm game
  • A special Colorado flag raising ceremony at the State Capitol. This flag will then be carried to all other events. This is followed by wreath laying ceremonies at the Battleship USS Colorado Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol and USS Grayling Memorial at Slone’s Lake Park, at 9 and 11 am respectively, Sunday 29 May
  • Bolder BOULDER 10K Navy Formation Run, “P Wave” and recognition in the CU Boulder football stadium, Memorial Day 30 May
  • Colorado Rockies Hero of the Game on-field recognition during the Monday 30 May 2:10 pm game
    School talk at Widefield HS followed by a Cog Railway trip to the top of Pike’s Peak (inspirational source for Zebulon Pike’s God Bless America), Tuesday 31 May
  • Denver Mint tour followed by a visit to renowned Colorado nature photographer, John Fielder’s gallery. (Fielder is donating artwork to adorn the common areas of the submarine.), Wednesday 1 June
  • Special guest invitation to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation. Keynote speaker, President Obama, Thursday 2 June

All Coloradans should be particularly proud to have a capitol ship of the United States Navy named after our great State. The last ship to bear the name USS Colorado was a highly decorated WWII Battleship BB-45, commissioned in 1923, over 90 years ago.

19. May 2016 · Comments Off on “Brew Day” at Left Hand Brewing · Categories: Pride Runs Deep Brew

On May 10th, Left Hand Brewing started brewing the first batch of USS Colorado’s “Pride Runs Deep” beer. Committee Members Tom Ramar, Dan Puleio, and JJ and Forence Mackin were on hand as Left Hand’s Marketing Director, Sarah Watson, and VP of Brewing Operations, Joe Schiraldi, explained the brewing process and observed the first batch being made. The beer will be an India Pale Ale with Colorado Blue Spruce pine tips. The beer will be ready for distribution at the end of June and will be distributed in both Colorado and Connecticut. We will publish more about it’s distribution when it is known.Left Hand is planning to make it available in bottles and on draft. Proceeds from the sale of the beer will be donated to the Committee to support Commissioning and the Crew.

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