The official naming ceremony was in April 2012. In July 2014, ETCM (SS) Brett A. Jackson was named as the PCU Colorado's first Chief of the Boat, later in October 2014, CDR Ken Franklin was named as the ship's first Commanding Officer (CO), and the following October, LCDR Stephen Col was named as the Executive Officer (XO). On 30 April 2015, the winner of the ship's crest was announced. LTJG Michael Nielsen, now assigned to PCU Colorado, designed the crest. On 20 October 2015, the finalized crest and new motto were unveiled. She was christened on 3 December 2016.