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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.


  • 06/06/2022 09:20 | Anonymous

    The crew started their morning at the Capitol meeting Lieutenant Governor Diane Primavera.

    Lieutenant Governor was presented with a token of appreciation by the USS Colorado.

  • 06/05/2022 22:18 | Anonymous

    USS Colorado presented the Association a small token of appreciation for the continued support of the Sailors and families of the USS Colorado.

    Today kicks off the start of a long awaited  namesake visit.

  • 05/03/2022 16:51 | John (JJ) Mackin (Administrator)

    During the crew members visit to Colorado from June 5th to the 9th, the Association will host a public reception at Balistreri Vineyards on June 6th.

    For more information and to purchase tickets visit here.


  • 04/11/2022 20:32 | Anonymous

    Wishing all submariners and their families a Happy National Submarine Day!

    April 11 is National Submarine Day, commemorating the day in 1900 that the U.S. Navy purchased the U.S.S. Holland, their first practical submarine.

  • 03/23/2022 13:24 | Anonymous

    Our March newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure.  Click link below to review.

    March Newsletter

  • 03/17/2022 10:31 | Anonymous

    Four years ago today on this glorious St. Patrick's Day, we gathered to celebrate the commissioning of the USS Colorado.  Happy Anniversary, COLORADO!

    Details of this day in history can be found here:

  • 03/13/2022 14:26 | Anonymous

    It was a blustery day as USS Colorado moored, but that did not damper the excitement of family and friends greeting her.

    Welcome home from Second Deployment, USS Colorado!

  • 03/12/2022 18:40 | Anonymous

    Members of the USS Colorado FRG expressed immense gratitude to the USS Colorado Submarine Association for the support provided over the past months.  We echo their thank you to our members!


  • 03/11/2022 21:34 | Anonymous


    We are sorry to report the passing of one of the few remaining veterans of battleship USS Colorado (BB-45). Charlie Henry Ripper passed away yesterday (March 10) in La Grange, Texas at the age of 96. He would have turned 97 on March 20. Charlie Ripper attended the submarine Colorado christening and commissioning events with his other BB-45 shipmates.

    The following information was provided by his friend, associate of the former BB-45 Alumni Association, and USS Colorado Submarine Association member Michael Reither.

    Seaman 1st Class (S1C); started as S2C
    Enlisted July 20, 1943
    Boarded the USS Colorado in Pearl Harbor October 1943
    Division: 1st Division, Deck Division, Turret #1
    Battle station: operating Turret #1 (16 inch gun); hoisted 16" shells up to the firing room

    Gilbert Islands and Marshall Islands
    Tarawa November 20, 1943
    Kwajalein January 31, 1944
    Eniwetok February 17, 1944
    Mariannas (Saipan, Tinian, Guam) 1944

    Leyte Gulf November 19, 1944
    Mindoro December 18, 1944
    Luzon January 2, 1945
    Okinawa March 21, 1945

    First Kamikaze attacks

    On September 2, 1945 - Eyewitness to the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay from the observation tower (crow's nest) of the USS Colorado

  • 03/07/2022 14:03 | Anonymous

    Difficult to believe that the USS Colorado Keel Laying Ceremony took place seven years ago today!

    The Keel Laying Ceremony for COLORADO (SSN 788) was held seven years ago on Saturday March 7, 2015 at General Dynamics Electric Boat Quonset facility in North Kingston, RI. A number of speakers paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the shipbuilders of Electric Boat and Newport News as well as the officers and crew of COLORADO.

    The ceremony took place next to sections of the SSN 791 DELAWARE and SSN 790 SOUTH DAKOTA.  The backdrop for the ceremony was section 8-9 (pictured above). This 100-foot, 1,600-ton module will contains COLORADO’s engine room. Later transported to the Groton shipyard, it was joined with three other hull sections to form the COLORADO.

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