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US Navy’s 15th Virginia-class Submarine to be Christened Colorado

US Navy’s 15th Virginia-class Submarine to be Christened Colorado 4 December, 2016

General Dynamics Electric Boat is set to christen the US Navy's newest Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine Colorado (SSN-788) at its shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.

Colorado is the fifth of eight vessels being built under contract, and is the 15th Virginia-class submarine of the US navy. Construction of the vessel started in 2015 and will be commissioned in 2017.

With a displacement capacity of 7,800t, the 377ft-long submarines have a beam of 34ft, can cruise at a submerged speed of 25k, and can carry a crew of 134.

Equipped with 12 vertical missile launch tubes and four 533mm torpedo tubes, the submarines are capable of firing up to 26 MK48 ADCAP Mod 6 heavyweight torpedoes, and sub Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

The stealth multi-mission submarines are built with a nuclear reactor that does not require refuelling during their planned life.

To date, a total of 28 Virginia-class submarines have been delivered, and are under construction or under contract.

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