GROTON, Conn., March 19, 2018 —The USS Colorado, commissioned here March 17, is the first submarine to bear the name and third vessel to be named for the state. The submarine was brought to life by her sponsor, Annie Maybus Mabus, daughter of former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.
"To the crew of USS Colorado, this is your day" she said, addressing the crowd and ship's company during the ceremony. "The commissioning crew truly does bring life to the boat. The pride I feel for the crew of this boat knows no bounds."
As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the USS Colorado can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities.
Something New Every Day
"This is an amazing group of sailors that are outfitted here. Every day we are doing something new for the first time. Just in the time that I've been here, I've watched the team transform into a high performance team that is able to operate the Navy's newest and most capable war-fighting ship at sea, in the harsh ocean environments, ready to carry out our mission," said Navy Cmdr. Reed Koepp II, the sub’s commander. "I have seen them achieve greatness in qualifications and I have seen them build to a level of experience and expertise, ready to start executing the nation's missions and get through our initial tactical certifications and engineering readiness."
The Colorado is a flexible, multi-mission platform designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, delivery of special operations forces, strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare.
The Colorado is a part of the Virginia-classes' third, or Block III, contract, in which the Navy redesigned approximately 20 percent of the ship to reduce acquisition costs. The Colorado features a redesigned bow, which replaces 12 individual Vertical Launch System tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes, each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles, among other design changes that reduced the submarines' acquisition cost while maintaining their outstanding war-fighting capabilities.
After the ceremony, the Colorado was opened up for tours to the general public, to include the crew's mess, the wardroom, control, and the torpedo room.
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