USS Colorado Submarine Association

USS Colorado (SSN 788)

USS Colorado is the 15th of the Virginia class submarines. On June 25, 2012 Gov. John Hickenlooper and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship naming ceremony at the state Capitol in honor of USS Colorado. The Virginia-class submarine, designated SSN 788, started construction in March of 2012 and was commissioned on March 17, 2018. She was constructed at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, CT known as the “Submarine Capital of the World”. She is the fourth ship named Colorado.

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The USS Colorado Submarine Association is a Colorado based organization founded in 2019 to support the crew and families of the USS Colorado and to strengthen ties between the boat and the state. Our Mission is 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 

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Upcoming events

    • 01/28/2020

    Homecoming


    If you are interested in attending the boat's homecoming please contact Rick Riessen by Tuesday January 28th as we need to submit the list of potential attendees. Rick can provide specific time and date information about the event, as this is not publicly releasable. Please provide him with:


    ·         Full Name

    ·         Address

    ·         Social Security Number

    ·         Date of Birth

    ·         Nationality

    ·         Telephone Number


    This information will be presented to base security to allow base access for the event. Once the information is received by squadron, you will receive an invitation by mail. Return the RSVP and your name will be on the list.

    Please contact Rick with any questions or concerns. His contact info is:

    Rick Riessen

    815-791-5466

    788rick@gmail.com

    • 02/13/2020
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • Concall

     

    • 03/05/2020
    • 03/06/2020

    Captain Jason Geddes will be relieved by Commander Garth Storz in a Change of Command ceremony on March 6th. On this visit there will be several opportunities for participating Association Members.


    On Thursday 5 March at 10:00 AM there will be an Awards Ceremony for all hands at the Dealey Center Theater on base. After the awards are completed we will present our new 1st Deployment Coins to the crew, shake their hands and thank them for all of their hard work.


    After the awards ceremony Rick hopes to take several of our association members who are interested aboard to cook one last time for Capt. Geddes. We will can use this opportunity to allow a tour of the boat for members who have not yet done so.


    Thursday evening we are trying to arrange a dinner for current command leadership and their wives, the Prospective Commanding Officer, CDR Garth Storz, and his wife and any of our association members desiring to attend.

    Friday 6 March - Change of Command ceremony will held at 10:00 AM in the Dealey Center Theater. It will last approximately 1 hour and there will be a reception afterwords.


    On Friday afternoon, if there is enough interest, we will request a presentation by the Undersea Warfare Development Center on their activities.

    Change of Command is a “By Invitation” event with an RSVP required.


    If you would like to want to attend please provide Rick Riessen with the following information by Tuesday January 28th:


    • Full Name
    • Address
    • Social Security Number
    • Date of Birth
    • Nationality
    • Telephone Number


    This information will be presented to base security to allow base access for the event. Once the information is received by squadron, you will receive an invitation by mail. Return the RSVP and your name will be on the list.

    Please contact Rick with any questions or concerns.


    His contact info is:

    Rick Riessen

    815-791-5466

    788rick@gmail.com


    USS Colorado Submarine Association is an authorized 501(C)(3) Organization
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