USS Colorado (SSN-788)

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USS Colorado (SSN-788)
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History
United States of America
Name: USS Colorado
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: TBD Spring 2017 [4]
Motto: Terra Marique Indomita (“By land and sea, untamed”)
Status: Under Construction
Badge: USS Colorado Hi rez final-1024x654.jpg
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
Notes: [7]

USS Colorado (SSN-788), will be a Virginia-class submarine. The contract to build her was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Newport News, Virginia on 22 December 2008. This ship is the fifth of the Block III subs which will feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio-class SSGNs.[8]

The official naming ceremony was in April 2012.[9] 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).[10] On 30 April 2015, the winner of the ship's crest was announced. LTJG Michael Nielsen, now assigned to PCU Colorado, designed the crest.[11] On 20 October 2015, the finalized crest and new motto were unveiled.[12] She was christened on 3 December 2016.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "About - USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee". Usscoloradocommittee.org. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Ship's Sponsor - USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee". Usscoloradocommittee.org. 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. ^ "Path to Commissioning - USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee". Usscoloradocommittee.org. 2015-03-07. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  5. ^ a b Dan Petty. "The US Navy - Fact File: Attack Submarines - SSN". Navy.mil. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  6. ^ John Pike. "SSN-774 Virginia-class NSSN New Attack Submarine". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  7. ^ "An Analysis of the Navy's Fiscal Year 2013 Shipbuilding Plan" (PDF). Congressional Budget Office. July 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Virginia Block III: The Revised Bow". Defenseindustrydaily.com. 2008-12-21. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  9. ^ "Navy Secretary to Host USS Colorado Naming Ceremony". navy.mil. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Command Leadership - USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee". Usscoloradocommittee.org. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  11. ^ "Crest Design Contest Winner Announced - USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee". Usscoloradocommittee.org. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  12. ^ "Ship's Crest Design Finalized - USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee". Usscoloradocommittee.org. Retrieved 2016-12-04.