Anchors A-Wayne! Secretary Williams finishes naval submarine chapter

The USS Colorado officially joined the fleet today in a ceremony in Connecticut attended by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and other Coloradans.

Four years ago, Colorado’s new secretary of state, Wayne Williams, headed to Rhode Island to participate in a ceremony marking the official start of construction on the USS Colorado.

On Saturday the submarine officially joined the U.S. fleet in a ceremony attended by Williams, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the state’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and others.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and his wife Janet, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne of Colorado Springs at today’s naval ceremony in Connecticut.

“It’s exciting to know that Colorado’s name and our values will be carried around the world by such a magnificent submarine,” Williams said.

Sen. Bennet shared that sentiment.

“For decades, people will see her come and go and say ‘There goes the Colorado.’ And I think that’s wonderful,” he told The Denver Post.

Colorado Politics posted a video of the event with a story that began “Colorado has its Broncos, its Rocky Mountains and its Olympic stars. Saturday morning it officially added a $2.7 billion nuclear attack submarine.”

(Tip: The video is worth watching.)

Commander Reed Koepp, his wife, Aimee, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Sen. Gardner was the keynote speaker at the commissioning ceremony at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base.

“The Colorado, this boat, will carry the greatest fighting force this nation has ever seen, this world has ever seen,” he said, according to Colorado Politics.

“No mission too hard, no waters too deep, the USS Colorado will secure our nation, reassure our allies and strike fear in the hearts of our adversaries.”

Colorado radio personality Steffan Tubbs, known for his interest in military operations and the men and women from Colorado who served, live tweeted from Connecticut: