The Navy christened the USS Colorado (SSN 788) in a Dec. 3 ceremony held at General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn. The 15th vessel in its class and the third in the Block III configuration, Colorado will be commissioned sometime in 2017.

Like others in its class, Colorado will be able to carry Tomahawk missiles, and conduct surveillance of land and shallow waters. It also will be able to deploy sea-based forces, conduct anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare operations, deliver mines and map minefields. At 7,800 tons, 337 feet in length and a 34-foot beam, Colorado will be able to move at speeds greater than 25 knots while submerged.