Ryan Maass, UPI, December 1

 


General Dynamics will christen the USS Colorado, the U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia-class submarine, during a ceremony on Saturday.

Company officials say the new vessel will be the branch’s most advanced submarine to date, featuring some technology from Ohio-class platforms. Colorado will serve as the fifteenth ship of the Virginia-class.

Virginia-class attack submarines are marketed as the most technologically advanced variants employed by the U.S. Navy. The vessels are designed to track down and destroy enemy undersea platforms while also projecting power ashore. They are typically armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, and can also support intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

The christening comes 4 years after the ship was formally named in April 2012. The upcoming ceremony will feature U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who will is listed as the principal speaker for the event.