Navy announces new submarine will be called USS Colorado

Posted on: 3:23 pm, April 13, 2012, by

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) in Sasebo, Japan. March 19, 2012. Photo: NAVY.mil

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) in Sasebo, Japan. March 19, 2012. Photo: NAVY.mil

WASHINGTON — A new attack submarine will be named the USS Colorado secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Friday.

It’s the third Navy ship to bear the name Colorado. The second ship was a battleship that stood as the lead ship of her class and took part in the Tarawa invasion. The new USS Colorado is designated SSN 788.

It’s a Virginia-class attack submarine that represents the next generation of these high tech subs.

“These submarines will have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces,” a Defense department statement says.

Four additional attack subs also got their names Friday: USS Illinois, USS Washington, USS Indiana and the USS South Dakota.

A date for construction of the Colorado has not been announced.

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