Five Things to Know About USS Colorado

The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, USS Colorado (SSN 788) , will be commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London , March 17, 2018. It will be the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet when it is commissioned, which you can watch here on the Navy Live blog .

Below are five things that you should know about the Navy’s newest submarine.

> The Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine, USS Colorado (SSN 788) is equipped with non-penetrating digital camera periscopes called Photonics Masts. Normally, submarines are built with two classic style periscopes. The Technical Insertion called TI-14, and Advanced Processing Build APB-13, allows the Photonics Masts the option to be controlled with wired video game controllers. Though others have tested prototypes, Colorado is the first submarine operating from the start with the gaming controllers. ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2018) Lt. Anthony Matus uses an XBox controller to maneuver the photonic mast aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Colorado (SSN 788). Colorado is the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine and is scheduled to be commissioned March 17, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson/Released)

USS Colorado’s (SSN 788) crest was designed during a contest held by Colorado’s Commissioning Committee and USS Colorado. Many submissions came in, and the winning design selected was submitted by Ens. Michael Nielson, who, at the time, was a student at the Navy’s Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, New York. After contacting Nielson to let him know that his design was selected, USS Colorado found out that he was actually from Arvada, Colorado. Two days after finding out he won the design contest, he received orders to report to USS Colorado. USS Colorado’s crest

USS Colorado (SSN 788) is the third ship to bear the name of our 38th state. The first Colorado, named after the Colorado River, was a steam screw frigate that launched in 1856 and commissioned in 1858. Her service included serving as flagship to Commodore William Marvine while he ran a blockage squadron during the Civil War. During the Battle of Fort Fisher in Wilmington, North Carolina, she was pivotal in the fort’s capture. The battle was heralded by the New York Times as “The Most Beautiful Duel of the War.” The first Colorado was decommissioned June 8, 1876. USS Colorado, circa 1856-1885. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) The second ship was a Pennsylvania-class cruiser. She was commissioned in 1903 and joined the Atlantic Fleet in 1905. She was ordered to the Asiatic Station where she saw service in China and Japan as well as the Hawaiian Islands and Mexico. In 1916, she was re-commissioned under the name USS Pueblo so the name Colorado would be free to use on the Colorado-class battleship. She was decommissioned in 1927. An undated photo of USS Colorado (BB 45), circa 1906. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) The third USS Colorado (BB 45) was the lead ship in the Colorado-class of battleships and she served our Navy from 1923 to 1947. Battleship Colorado engaged in […]