On December 3, 2016 USS Colorado (SSN 788) was Christened by Ship's Sponsor, Annie Mabus, in ceremonies at General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.
As an honor the Battleship USS Colorado (BB 45), which was christened in 1923 with a bottle of "muddy Colorado River water", December's ceremony featured a sparkling wine produced by Colorado winery Balistreri Vineyards which rested in a bucket filled with ice made from Colorado River water.

Seven veterans of WWII service on Battleship Colorado were present and, as part of the ceremony, presented to the crew pens made of teak decking salvaged from the battleship when it was decommissioned in 1947.
After a blessing by Father Anthony Dinoto, the ceremony concluded with the breaking of the bottle of sparkling wine with the traditional words "In the name of the United States, I Christen thee Colorado. May God bless her and all who sail in her."