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Ship's patch on left courtesy of Lisa Leandri Trolan via Ron Reeves

Colorado (SSN-788)


Virginia Class Attack Submarine: Named PCU Colorado (SSN-788) on 25 June 2012.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.
SSN-784 through approximately SSN-791 are planned to make up the Third Block or "Flight" Block III subs will feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio class SSGNs. SSN-788 will be built at Electric Boat.
Her keel laying ceremony was on 7 March 2015.
Christened on 3 December 2016.

Specifications:Power Plant: One S9G pressurized water reactor, 29.84MW (40,000hp), one shaft with pumpjet propulsor, Improved Performance Machinery Program Phase III one secondary propulsion submerged motor. Displacement, 7,800 tons submerged. Length: 377 feet. Draft: 32 feet. Beam: 34 feet. Speed: 25+ knots submerged. Depth: Greater than 800 feet. 12 VLS & four torpedo tubes, capable of launching Mark 48 torpedoes, UGM-109 Tactical Tomahawks, Harpoon (missile)s and the new advanced mobile mine when it becomes available: Unmanned Undersea Vehicles, Special Warfare: Dry Deck Shelter. Advanced SEAL Delivery System. Sonars: Spherical active/passive arrays. Light Weight Wide Aperture Arrays. TB-16, TB-29, and future towed arrays. High-frequency chin and sail arrays. Countermeasures: 1 internal launcher (reloadable 2-barrel) 14 external launchers. Crew: 134 officers and men.


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Virginia-class1.09kNewport News Shipbuilding is teamed with General Dynamics Electric Boat to build Virginia-class submarines. Newport News Shipbuilding builds the stern, habitability & machinery spaces, torpedo room, sail and bow. Electric Boat builds the pressure hull, engine room and control room. Newport News Shipbuilding and Electric Boat each perform work on the reactor plant as well as alternate on the final assembly, test, outfit and delivery. The team has been recognized as the best shipbuilding program in the Navy.
Virginia-class Infographic PDF.
Text & photo courtesy of huntingtoningalls.com.
Virginia-class5.00k An artist rendering of the Virginia-class submarine Colorado (SSN-788), 21 June 2012. USN photo # N-ZZ999-001, illustration by Stan Bailey courtesy of navy.mil. via Ron Reeves.
Colorado1.28kView of ceremony area showing hull sections of other boats, 3 March 2015.Photo courtesy of usscoloradocommittee.org.
Colorado758kNorth Kingstown, R.I. 7 March 2015; Annie Mabus, ship sponsor of the Virginia-class attack submarine Colorado (SSN-788), signs her initials as a guide for the welder to follow during the ship's keel laying ceremony. Annie is the daughter of the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), Ray Mabus. U.S. Navy photo # 150307-N-LV331-004 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales, courtesy of navy.mil.
Colorado995kSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus and his family look on as Annie Mabus' initials are welded onto the keel of the submarine Colorado (SSN-788). U.S. Navy photo # 150307-N-LV331-006 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales, courtesy of navy.mil.
Colorado942kSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus and his family look on as Annie Mabus' initials are welded onto the keel of the submarine Colorado (SSN-788). U.S. Navy photo # 150307-N-LV331-005 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales, courtesy of navy.mil.
Colorado618kWith Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, center, looking on welder John Alves shows the finished initials of ship sponsor Annie Mabus, far right, as she gets a hug from a sister during the keel laying ceremony for the Colorado (SSN-788). The ceremony took place at the General Dynamics Electric Boat Quonset Point facility in North Kingstown, R.I. Saturday, 7 March 2015. Photo courtesy of Dana Jensen/theday.com.
Colorado2.32kAfter Engine Room Hull Section of Colorado (SSN-788).Photo courtesy of usscoloradocommittee.org.
Colorado824kColorado (SSN-788) under glass, presented to Annie Mabus.Photo courtesy of usscoloradocommittee.org.
Colorado824kKeel laying ceremony for the Colorado (SSN-788) at the General Dynamics Electric Boat Quonset Point facility in North Kingstown, R.I. Saturday, 7 March 2015. The ceremony took place next to sections of the Delaware (SSN-791) and the South Dakota (SSN-790), left, and the stage was in front of the tail section of the Colorado. The ship sponsor is Annie Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Photo EP-150309824 courtesy of Dana Jensen / The Day.
Colorado809kA panorama composite photograph compiled from several images shows the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivering remarks during the christening ceremony of the attack submarine Colorado (SSN-788) on 3 December 2016. U.S. Navy photo illustration # 161203-N-LV331-001 by Petty Officer 1st Class Armando Gonzales via Thomas Lee | Managing Editor, Undersea Warfare Magazine.
Photo added 11/11/17.
Colorado855kSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus watches as his daughter, Annie Mabus, christens the submarine Colorado (SSN-788) on 3 December 2016. U.S. Navy photo illustration # 161203-N-LV331-004 by Petty Officer 1st Class Armando Gonzales via Thomas Lee | Managing Editor, Undersea Warfare Magazine.
Photo added 11/11/17.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Colorado (SSN-788) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The VIRGINIA Class America's Next Submarine
The Virginia Class—A New Submarine for the 21st Century
SSN-774 Virginia-class NSSN New Attack Submarine Centurion
NSSN VIRGINIA CLASS ATTACK SUBMARINE, USA
HISTORIC SUBMARINE DOCUMENTARY AND TRAINING FILMS
Making a Submarine - General Dynamics
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