Navy to Commission Submarine Colorado

The Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, March 17, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. The principal speaker will be U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. Annie Mabus, daughter of 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “USS Colorado is a true marvel of technology and innovation,…

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Cadets give facelift to Coast Guard fleet

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Barger A group of cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are working on designs to replace some of the oldest ships in the Coast Guard’s fleet of cutters. These ships are the Coast Guard’s inland waterway aid to navigation fleet, which include buoy and construction tenders, and have an average age of 52 years. The cadets, who are seniors majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, are involved in a 35-week capstone design project, which specifically focuses on the design of a ship…

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