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USS Colorado continues the tradition of the Submarine Battle Flag


Last updated 6/17/2020 at 1:28pm

U.S. Navy Photo by Capt. James Geddes

USS Colorado (SSN 7788) battle flag created by the crew through sewing patches together that highlight group accomplishments during deployment aboard the boat in Groton, Conn, May 14, 2020. The tradition of submarine battle flags began largely during World War II as U.S. submarines became heavily involved in combat in the Pacific Ocean against Japanese forces. The flags were used to keep an unofficial record of the number of ships sank during the war, but today they serve as onboard records of success to motivate the crew while deployed.

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alfred Coffield, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) - The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN 788), homeported at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, participated in a unique submarine tradition during its maiden deployment in 2019.

The crew of Colorado created a submarine battle flag by sewing together patches that highlighted group accomplishments during the deployment.

Capt. Jason Geddes, then commanding officer of Colorado, was given a submarine battle flag before the ma...

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