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Welcome to USS Colorado (SSN-788) Commissioning Committee web site. USS Colorado (SSN-788) is the 15th Virginia Class submarine and is currently under construction at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Ct. It is expected to be commissioned in October or November 2017. 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.

14. June 2017 · Comments Off on Governor Signs USS Colorado Bill · Categories: Committee Event, Other Event

In ceremonies at the State Capitol on June 5th, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17-183, Support for USS Colorado Commissioning into law. The bill appropriates $100,000 to the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs to make grants for the purpose paying for expenses related to the commissioning of USS Colorado, promoting awareness of USS Colorado within the state; and to support the crew.

Twelve members of the committee and six sailors from the local Navy Recruiting District office were in attendance. One of the sailors, MMN1 Scott Gold, currently has orders to report to USS Colorado in September as a permanent member of the crew.

Those attending Included Sandie Bourassa, daughter of recently deceased WWII submarine Veteran Andy Palenchar. Andy was the sailor who pulled LTJG George H. W. Bush from the Pacific after the future President was shot down. Andy went on to serve as an officer in the Army, serving in Korea and two tours in Vietnam retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was an active participants in USS Colorado events here.

Also on display at the signing was the ship’s bell that will be on USS Colorado. The bell is a gift from the USS Colorado Battleship (BB45) Association to the submarine and cast by noted Colorado sculptor George Lundeen. The bell was rung in celebration upon the signing of the bill.

While this grant means that we have met our fundraising goal, we are still accepting donations. Money raised in excess of our obligations will go to a scholarship fund for crew’s families administered by the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and will also help fund future crew visits to the state after commissioning.

11. May 2017 · Comments Off on State Passes USS Colorado Commissioning Support Legislation · Categories: News & Updates

On Tuesday evening May 9th the House passed Senate Bill 17-183 which appropriates $100,000 to the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs to make grants for the purpose of paying for expenses related to the commissioning of USS Colorado, promoting awareness of USS Colorado within the state; and to support the crew. 

The bill was introduced back in February by Senator Bob Gardner of Colorado Springs and has been with Senate Appropriations Committee until Friday May 5th. The Appropriations Committee acted on the legislation and it moved quickly through the rest of the Senate, finishing with their final vote on Monday. Representative Pete Lee, also of Colorado Springs, joined as co-sponsor and the bill moved through the committees in the House on Monday, with final passage in the House in the evening of Tuesday May 9th. The final vote in the Senate was 29 to 6 and in the House 55 to 10. 

We thank all who took the time to contact their representatives in the General Assembly support of this legislation.

01. April 2017 · Comments Off on Christening Presentation · Categories: Christening

Check out this presentation about the USS Colorado’s Christening

USS Colorado Christening

09. March 2017 · Comments Off on Commissioning Date Update · Categories: Commissioning

We were recently informed that the Navy is now considering October 21st and November 4th as the dates for Commissioning. This is pushed back by about three weeks from the original dates being considered. This is based on some delays to the schedule that the boat has encountered. We will publish any additional information as it becomes available.

28. February 2017 · Comments Off on USS Colorado Bill Passes First Milestone · Categories: News & Updates

February 28th marked the first milestone for Senate Bill 17-183 introduced by Senator Bob Gardner for support of USS Colorado..Today marked the first reading of the bill in the Local Government Committee. Ten members of the Committee were there to show support for the bill. Committee Member former Senator Bernie Herpin led off the testimony and introduced Chairman JJ Mackin. JJ spoke of the history of previous Colorado’s, the actions of the Committee to date and the efforts of the crew in the construction process and later as they go to sea. The remarks were well received with the Committee voting unanimously for its passage. Click here for a complete text of his remarks.

The bill moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee for its next hearing. Both Senator Bob Gardner and Senator Larry Crowder of the Local Government Committee attended the boat’s Christening in December. The other members of the Committee are Senators Beth Martinez Humenik, Kerry Donovan and John Kefalas. 

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