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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.


  • 11/07/2021 14:07 | Anonymous

    On November 6th, USS Colorado Submarine Association Members were at Denver's Veterans Day gathering on the 16th Street Mall yesterday to promote our namesake submarine and crew. They were able to gather about 100 signatures and well wishes on Holiday cards that will be sent to the boat for the holidays to show Colorado's support for their efforts in defense of our nation and appreciation for their sacrifice.

  • 10/16/2021 21:01 | Anonymous

    The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is rolling out a fundraiser for USS Colorado ornaments.  If you would like to purchase one, please fill out the Google document and they will invoice you accordingly.  This fundraiser will be open until October 30th for holiday delivery.  

    Please contact the FRG at with any questions.

  • 10/16/2021 20:51 | Anonymous

    The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is closing out their Ivory Ella fundraiser on the 21st.  If you would like to put an order in for that you can do so by filling out this Google document and they will invoice you accordingly.

    If you have already placed an order and have not paid please get that paid before the 21st or they will not be able to put your order in.  If you have any questions about your total, please email

  • 09/26/2021 16:22 | Anonymous

    The Rocky Mountain Base of the US Submarine Veterans held their annual memorial ceremony at the USS Grayling (SS 209) Memorial at Sloan’s Lake.  Each state has a memorial to one of the submarines lost during WWII.  Each year they “Toll the Boats” for submariners lost at sea.

    USS Colorado Submarine Association Board Member Captain John J. Mackin USN (Ret.) was  keynote speaker at the event in which he paid tribute to the lost submariners of Grayling as well as all lost submarines  He also recognized current sailors of USS Colorado. 


  • 09/13/2021 17:14 | Anonymous

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

    September Newsletter

  • 09/02/2021 10:16 | Anonymous

    September 2nd celebrates the official V-J Day, the date on which the formal signing of the Japanese instrument of surrender took place aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  Moored next to MISSOURI was the USS Colorado (BB45), who witnessed the event. COLORADO arrived in Tokyo Bay on August 27th and departed for the United States on September 20th.

  • 08/12/2021 22:14 | Anonymous

    Frank Wayne Kizer, 96, of Perrysville IN, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday, August 12, 2021. He was born June 17, 1925, near Eugene IN, the son of Frank M. and Florence Pritchard Kizer, both deceased. He was preceded in death by his siblings Clarence, Ed, Mildred, Mabel, Margaret, andSusie. His sister Madge, who celebrated her 100th birthday in July, and his sister Virginia both survive. 

    Wayne joined the Navy at seventeen and served from 1943 - 1946 on the USS Colorado battleship in the South Pacific during World War II.  He married Betty C. Bracewell on October 4, 1946. They were married for 72 years when she passed away in April 2019. They lived in Danville IL for several years prior to moving to their farm near Perrysville IN in 1960. He was co-owner of Kizer Construction in Danville IL until retirement.  

    Wayne and Betty raised 6 children, Steve of New Castle IN, Susie (Gary) Francour of Kodak TN, Sandy (Larry) Rollins of Perrysville IN, Joe of Westville IL, Sharon Godsil of Arvada CO and Sara (John) Wegman of Cayuga IN. He loved being a grandfather to their 20 grandchildren, their great grandchildren, as well as their great-great grandchildren. Wayne also loved his farm, raising farm animals, and he was a hard worker. He was always willing to help someone out.  He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Perrysville Methodist Church and Lion’s Club. During the years of Perrysville Fun Days, he would make the breakfast each year. 

  • 08/01/2021 21:28 | Anonymous
    A friend of the Association recently sent us  this video about Battleship USS Colorado (BB-45).

  • 07/21/2021 09:39 | Anonymous

    The USS Colorado FRG Single Sailor and Morale Deployment box projects were a huge success!  We received a note of gratitude from the FRG for our support of their Amazon wish lists.  Thank you to all of the USS Colorado members and supporters who contributed to the projects.  YOU make a difference.

  • 06/22/2021 20:09 | Anonymous

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

    June Newsletter

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