Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the christening for the Navy’s newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788).

The ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. EST at General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.

Webcast courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat

“The christening of the future USS Colorado is an example of our enduring partnership with our nation’s shipbuilders, and this ceremony marks a milestone along the journey to add another submarine to our Navy fleet-a fleet that will reach more than 300 ships by 2019.”
– Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

Boat's logo for the future USS Colorado (SSN 788). (U.S. Navy graphic/Released)

Colorado (SSN 788) is the 15th Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the fifth Virginia-class Block III submarine. The ship began construction in 2015 and is scheduled to commission in 2017. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea superiority well into the 21st century. 

For more information, visit Navy.mil.