GROTON - An East Berlin resident is serving aboard the 15th and newest Virginia-class fast-attack submarine in the Navy, the USS Colorado.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Casey II is an electronic technician on the Groton-based submarine.
“I joined the Navy because I wanted to serve my country and I could earn money for college,” said Casey. “I also wanted to continue the family tradition of serving.”
Casey is responsible for electronic equipment used to send and receive messages.
He must maintain, repair, calibrate, tune, and adjust all electronic equipment used for communications.
While at sea, electronic technicians operate and monitor computer and computer-controlled systems including receivers and transceivers, printers and data storage devices.
The Colorado is a flexible, multi-mission platform designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, delivery of special operations forces, strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare.
It is 377 feet long and 34 feet wide and weighs nearly 7,800 tons, powered by a nuclear reactor that pushes the sub through water at speeds of more than 25 knots while submerged.
It is scheduled to be commissioned on Saturday.
“My favorite part is the experiences I’ve had the opportunity to take part in,” said Casey.
“My proudest accomplishment is bringing the Colorado through its sea trials to its commissioning.”