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USS Colorado (SSN-788) is a nuclear powered United States Navy Virginia-class attack submarine, named for the State of Colorado. She is the fifteenth of her class and fifth of the significantly redesigned Block III, including a revised bow and VLS technology from the Ohio class of guided missile submarines.[7] She was constructed by Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Newport News, Virginia, with the initial contract awarded on 22 December 2008.

USS Colorado (SSN-788)
USS Colorado (SSN-788) at Groton, Connecticut (USA), on 15 March 2018 (180315-N-JE719-186).JPG
USS Colorado (SSN-788) in March 2018
United States of America
Namesake: The State of Colorado
Awarded: 22 December 2008
Builder: Electric Boat
Cost: ~$2.6 billion [1]
Laid down: 7 March 2015
Launched: 29 December 2016
Sponsored by: Annie Mabus [2]
Christened: 3 December 2016[3]
Commissioned: 17 March 2018 [4]
Homeport: Groton, Connecticut
Motto: Terra Marique Indomita (By land and sea, untamed)
Status: Active Service
Badge: USS Colorado (SSN-788) insignia, 2018 (180313-N-N0101-001).png
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginia-class submarine
Displacement: 7800 tons light, 7800 tons full
Length: 114.9 meters (377 feet)
Beam: 10.3 meters (34 feet)
Installed power: 40,000 SHP
Propulsion: S9G reactor
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)[5]
Range: Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years
Test depth: greater than 800 feet (240 meters)[6]
Complement: 134 officers and men[5]
Armament: 4 21-inch torpedo tubes, 2 Virginia Payload Tubes, capable of holding 6 Tomahawk missiles each for a total of 38 weapons

The official naming ceremony was on 25 June 2012.[8] Her keel was laid down on 7 March 2015 and she was christened and launched on 3 December 2016.[3] Her sponsor is Annie Mabus, daughter of former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus[2]


  1. ^ "About - USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee". 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  2. ^ a b "Ship's Sponsor - USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  3. ^ a b "Navy christens submarine USS Colorado in shipyard ceremony". Groton: Associated Press. 2016-12-03. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  4. ^ "USS Colorado Commissioned" (Press release). United States Navy. 17 March 2018. NNS180317-01. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b Dan Petty. "The US Navy - Fact File: Attack Submarines - SSN". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  6. ^ John Pike. "SSN-774 Virginia-class NSSN New Attack Submarine". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  7. ^ "Virginia Block III: The Revised Bow". Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Navy Secretary to Host USS Colorado Naming Ceremony". 21 June 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.