GROTON (Connecticut, United States), March 19, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by US Navy
The newest acquisition of the U.S. Navy, the USS Colorado (SSN-788) attack submarine, is already part of the fleet after a ceremony at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base on Saturday (March 17, 2018), reported Navy Times.
It is the 4th ship in the U.S. Navy that is named Colorado (for the State of Colorado) and according to the said by the Navy Secretary Richard Spencer it is a “marvel of technology and innovation.”
The length of the submarine is 115 meters. Its weight is about 7,800 tons submerged. Each of its two large tubes may launch 6 (six) Tomahawk missiles. The photonics masts are controlled by an Xbox gaming system and it is the first attack submarine that uses such a system, which replaces periscopes. It has been built for 5 (five) years by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut and Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia and costs about $2.7 billion. All U.S. supply businesses were involved in the building process, as well as thousands of shipyard employees in Connecticut, Virginia, and Rhode Island.
The commissioning ceremony was attended by Navy officials, representatives of shipbuilding companies, politicians, local community leaders and guests of the submarine crew. In accordance to the Navy tradition, at the end of the ceremony, Annie Mabus, the daughter of Ray Mabus (former Navy Secretary), gave the submarine’s crew its first order to bring the vessel to life.