12.05.16

Gardner Congratulates USS Colorado Captain and Crew on Ship’s Christening

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter to Commander Franklin and the Crew of the USS Colorado to congratulate them on the christening of the new submarine. The christening took place at the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. This new submarine is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name USS Colorado, and the first since 1947. Now that the ship is christened, it will undergo sea trial testing before it is put into service in defense of our nation. 

 

The letter reads in full:

 

Dear Commander Franklin and the Crew of the USS Colorado (SSN-788),

 

I want to extend my sincerest congratulations on the christening of the USS Colorado.  I am honored to represent the state of Colorado, and I speak for all Coloradans when I say that we are honored to have the newest Virginia-class submarine named after our great state.  

 

As we celebrate this important milestone on the path to active duty for this warship, it is only fitting to look back on the storied service of ships bearing the name USS Colorado at various times throughout nearly 160 years of our nation’s history.  As the fourth ship to bear the name Colorado, SSN-778 has some big shoes to fill.  From the first USS Colorado’s role in the Gulf and Atlantic blockades during the Civil War, to the second USS Colorado’s service escorting personnel and supply convoys to England during World War I, and most recently the third USS Colorado’s seven battle stars earned during the Second World War, your predecessors have proudly protected our national interests at home and around the world.  

 

When this submarine enters active duty, it will be at a time when our nation faces a myriad of threats.  Whether it be the provocative actions Iran takes towards our forces in the middle east, the efforts of our near-peer competitors China and Russia to develop advanced military technologies, or the continued efforts by the rogue regime in North Korea to acquire nuclear ballistic missiles, the global threat matrix is unlike anything the first three ships of your namesake faced.  Despite the varied and complex nature of the threats you will face, I have no doubt the newest USS Colorado and its skilled crew will play a critical role in protecting the United States and our maritime interests from any threat we may face.  

 

I wish you good luck and Godspeed as you begin your sea trials, and look forward to the day the USS Colorado once again patrols the seas in active service to this great Nation.  God bless this submarine and all who sail in her.  

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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