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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 completed construction at Electric Boat shipyard and has been delivered to the Navy. After completing shakedown operations, it is expected to be commissioned on March 17th, 2018. Our 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.

09. March 2015 · Comments Off on COLORADO (SSN 788) Keel Laying Ceremony · Categories: Uncategorized

The Keel Laying Ceremony for COLORADO (SSN 788) was held on Saturday March 7 at General Dynamics Electric Boat Quonset facility in North Kingston, RI. It was a great event! A number of speakers paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the shipbuilders of Electric Boat and Newport News as well as the officers and crew of COLORADO. The ship’s sponsor Annie Mabus was introduced by her father, Ray Mabus Secretary of the Navy. She gave a heartfelt speech expressing her gratitude and appreciation for the honor and her happiness at being part of the Navy family. There were a number of attendees from Colorado. Secretary of State Wayne Williams was the official representative from the state and presented a state flag to the Commanding Officer, CDR Ken Franklin.

Also in attendance from Colorado were former State Senator Bernie Herpin and former State Representative Spence Swalm, co-sponsors of the USS Colorado License Plate Bill, Jared and Jonathan Veteto, owners of Cogitic, a submarine parts manufacturer in Colorado Springs and sponsors of the Ship’s Crest Design Contest, Committee member Dana Plewka of the Denver Post and Committee Chair JJ Mackin.

We will post pictures as we receive them from Electric Boat.The New London Day posted several pictures of the ceremony as well as an article about the event. Navy.mil has posted a picture and Electric Boat has an online video of the ceremony.

Pictures of the program for the Keel Laying are below.

 Click here to see more pictures from the Keel Laying Ceremony

05. March 2015 · Comments Off on Battleship Colorado Artifacts at Navy Reserve Center · Categories: Uncategorized

On Saturday February 7th, Committee Chair JJ Mackin spoke to the local chapter of the Naval Sea Cadets about USS Colorado (SSN 788) at the Naval Reserve Center at Buckley AFB. The formal name of the Reserve Center is Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC). The center houses a display about USS Colorado (BB 45) which saw service in World War II. There are several display cases containing items and information about the ship. Here are some pictures.

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