QUONSET POINT. R.I. (CBS4) – Construction is underway for a submarine named after the state of Colorado.

(credit: Navy)

(credit: Navy)

The new U.S.S. Colorado will be a high-tech attack submarine. A keel laying ceremony in recently took place in Rhode Island and marked the official start of the construction.

Onlookers wear head protection during the welding process, which is part of the Navy's keel laying ceremony, on March 7. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales)

Onlookers wear head and eye protection during the welding process, which is part of the Navy’s keel laying ceremony, on March 7. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales)

This is the third Navy ship to bear the name Colorado.