Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) today delivered remarks at Naval Submarine Base New London for the commissioning of the USS Colorado, the newest, most advanced Virginia-class attack submarine in the U.S. Navy.
Excerpt from Bennet’s remarks:
“The people of Colorado are remarkably proud to know that, for decades to come, people in ports around the world will say, ‘There goes the Colorado.’ In the months and years ahead, we will be standing behind the USS Colorado and her crew as she silently protects our interests around the world. From monitoring undersea cables, to tracking the ever more capable submarines of our adversaries, to protecting our interests in the South China Sea and the Arctic, she will lead you on missions that shape this century.”
Excerpt from Gardner’s remarks:
“The USS Colorado is second to none in ability, and will be a major source of deterrence to the myriad threats we face around the globe. I want to again thank the men and women in uniform, and the crew that will man this magnificent vessel. You are brave, disciplined, and professional. And as the courageous explorer who founded Pike’s Peak, Zebulon Pike, exclaimed, ‘May Heaven be propitious, and smile on the cause of my country.’ Remember that, as you embark upon your journey on the high seas. Remember that, as you stand up to tyranny and those looking to do us harm. And know this: your Nation and our Great State is proud of you.”
A video of the remarks and more information about the USS Colorado are available HERE.