USS Colorado Crest Contest

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The chance to become part of military history doesn’t come around very often. The contest to design the crest for the USS Colorado provides this unique opportunity.

The chance to become part of military history doesn’t come around very often. The contest to design the crest for the USS Colorado provides this unique opportunity.

 

In late 2016, the United States Navy will commission what will be its newest submarine, the USS Colorado. The submarine is currently under construction in Groton, Connecticut, the “Submarine capital of the world.” It will be 377 feet in length, will weigh 7,800 tons, and will cost $2.6 billion. The USS Colorado will be the fifteenth Virginia-class submarine ever built. The submarine is currently about sixty percent complete. One of the things the ship is still missing is its crest.

 

The submarine’s crest will become the symbol of the ship. Crests are displayed in various places on the ship. According to retired US Navy Captain John J. Mackin, “the crew wears their submarine’s crest with extreme pride.” Mackin is also the Chairman of the USS Colorado Commissioning Committee. The committee is running a contest to help design the first crest of the USS Colorado. The committee will screen the entries and send them on to the submarine’s commanding officer who will make the final decision.

 

The crest design should focus on what makes the state of Colorado unique. One of Mackin’s fellow committee members, Candice Green, said that, “Symbolism is definitely something the committee will be looking for. We want the crest to represent what makes our state special.” The name of the ship and the ship’s number (SSN-788) should be included in the crest, but other than that, the contest is open for artists to find the best way to represent Colorado.
 

Mackin said the contest is a way to, “get Coloradans involved with the submarine that shares their state’s namesake. We want to get people, especially kids, excited about the submarine and the Navy in general.” The contest has two divisions, one for younger children with the chance to win a $100 gift certificate and one for older students and adults with the chance to win a $1,500 scholarship. For more information about the contest and an official entry form, visit usscoloradocommittee.org.