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USS Colorado (SSN 788)

USS Colorado is the 15th Virginia class submarine. Construction started in March 2012 at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut and she was delivered to the Navy on September 21, 2017. She was Commissioned at Naval Submarine Base in Groton on March 17, 2018. Her Ship's Sponsor is Ms. Annie Mabus. She is the fourth ship to bear the name Colorado.


The Association is organized to maintain a proud and active relationship between the citizens of Colorado and the crew and families of USS Colorado (SSN 788), specifically to:

  • Support the morale, well-being and recreation of the crew and their families.
  • Encourage, advocate, and generate statewide support for the crew of USS Colorado throughout the life of the submarine and to educate the citizens of Colorado about their namesake submarine.
  • Educate the crew about the beauty of Colorado and the heritage of previous vessels commissioned as USS Colorado.
  • Raise funds and finance appropriate events and activities associated with these objectives.


  • 02/20/2021 23:02 | Anonymous

    Commander Steve Col, Commissioning XO on COLORADO, has recently relieved as Commanding Officer of USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740)(Blue) at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. Steve participated in several crew visits to our state during the construction period. We wish him all the best for his Command Tour. 

  • 11/30/2020 12:47 | Anonymous

    Recently came across a documentary on YouTube from the 1980s about submarine life.  The documentary won the blue ribbon at the American Film Festival. 


  • 10/31/2020 22:27 | Anonymous

    As we get into the holiday season, we are encouraging Coloradans to send Holiday Greetings and notes to the crew for Thanksgiving and/or December holiday delivery. If there are any schoolteachers on our list, or if you know of any that are interested in having their students participate in this effort, please contact Association President, Don Price by email at or mail cards directly to the boat at:

         USS COLORADO (SSN 788)
         UNIT 100493, BOX 1
         FPO, AE 09594

  • 08/09/2020 17:22 | Anonymous

    USS Colorado CO/XO/COB will hold Zoom briefings for the Association and other supporters and interested persons as follows:
    Tuesday August 11 at 4:45 – 6 PM Mountain Time

    Thursday August 13 at 5:45 – 7 PM Mountain Time

    The first 15 minutes are to allow all guests to check into Zoom prior to the start. On the hour, the session will begin with a short introduction by Don Price, USS Colorado Association President, followed by about a half-hour presentation by the Command and another half hour of Q&A with the CO/XO/COB.
    For those new to Zoom, please download the application to your device prior to the meeting and use the above information to log-in and join.
    Each session will provide the same briefing, so it is only necessary to attend one of the two sessions.

  • 07/23/2020 21:09 | Anonymous

    The first USS Colorado Scholarship has been awarded to Renee Prieto of Mystic, CT. Her sponsor is former crew member STS1 Messina. Renee will commence studies in Nursing in the fall.

    The scholarship was established by the USS Colorado Commissioning Committee with money raised in conjunction with fundraising for Commissioning Week activities. It is administered by the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation (, a non-profit organization that raises funds to ease the financial burden of education for eligible member or the Submarine Force and their dependents.

  • 07/22/2020 21:12 | Anonymous

    Lt. Anthony Matus, from Yuma, Arizona, was recognized as the Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 4, 2019 Junior Officer of the Year (JOOY) for contributions while serving aboard the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN 788) in Groton, Connecticut.

    More information can be found at

  • 07/10/2020 21:21 | Anonymous
    Captain Ken Franklin, USS Colorado's first Commanding Officer who led the boat throughout the arduous new construction period, will take command of Naval Base Point Loma in California on July 24th at 10 AM Pacific time. Captain Franklin has been stationed on the submarine staff in Naples Italy since leaving COLORADO. The ceremony will be streamed live on Facebook at

  • 05/18/2020 11:25 | Anonymous

    Battle flags in World War II kept an unofficial record of the number of ships a submarine sank. Today, crews adorn the flags with their achievements during deployment. USS Colorado (SSN 788) returned from her maiden deployment Feb. 20 with a fully decorated flag flying from the bridge. The crew now proudly has the flag displayed in the Crew’s Mess.

    The battle flag displays the crew’s port visits to Haakonsvern, Norway and Faslane, Scotland and notable accomplishments, including earning submarine warfare qualification, known as "dolphins," advancements and significant missions.

    The Colorado Battle Flag Breakdown:
    ⚓️ Starting with the upper left are the three port calls, Royal Navy Dolphins for their 1st Faslane visit, “Norge” patch for Haakonsvern, Norway, and another Scotland patch for their second visit.
    ⚓️ 20 Silver Dolphin and five Gold Dolphin patches represent the Sailors who earned their Submarine Warfare insignia during deployment.
    ⚓️ Crew-designed deployment patch with the three watch-section mascots represented – Leviathan, Kraken and Triton.
    ⚓️ The “1” represents the boat’s first deployment.
    ⚓️ The USS Harry S. Truman patch represents operational support to the ship.
    ⚓️ The 18 Colorado insignia patches represent significant mission accomplishments.
    ⚓️ Finally, rank insignia patches for Sailors who advanced during deployment – three Chief Petty Officers, two first classes, four second classes, and 10 third classes.

  • 05/16/2020 14:51 | Anonymous

    Today, on Armed Forces Day, we wanted to take time to honor all active duty service members. We humbly thank you for your service and sacrifice.

    On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department - the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.

    In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman "praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas" and said, "it is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace." In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated:

    "Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America's defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense".

  • 04/11/2020 10:17 | Anonymous

    Happy 120th Submarine Birthday to USS Colorado, all submariners and their supporters! Here is a special message from VADM Caudle, Commander Submarine Forces.


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