The US Navy’s new supercarrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) completed shock trials on Friday off the US East Coast. During these tests, the Navy sets off live explosives near the warship to simulate aspects of actual combat conditions. The bombs were so powerful that the even triggered a M3.9 earthquake off Daytona Beach.
USS Gerald R. Ford completed the first explosive event of full-ship shock trials Friday.
The Navy detonated explosives near the carrier to see how it holds up against shock and vibrations.
The testing is designed to simulate aspects of real combat and test the hardness of the ship.
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— USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) (@Warship_78) June 20, 2021
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Though the Navy has conducted shock trials with other vessels, the latest trials with the Ford, the service’s newest and most advanced carrier, mark the first time since 1987 the Navy has conducted shock trials with an aircraft carrier.
The last aircraft carrier shock trials involved the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.
What are shock trials?
Shock trials are designed to test how Navy warships hold up against severe vibrations and identify potential shock-related vulnerabilities in a combat vessel.
A 2007 study suggested US Navy shock trials have their origins in observations from the Second World War.
Nearby explosions, even when vessels were not taking direct hits, would send destructive, high-pressure waves toward them.
This discovery led the Navy to implement a rigorous shock hardening test procedure (the shock trials).
The shock trials on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford triggered a M3.9 quake off Daytona beach.
The USGS measured the seismic event roughly 100 miles off the coast of Ponce Inlet.
BREAKING UPDATE: NS Mayport spokesman @AustinBill13 tells @ActionNewsJax it was the result of a Navy Shock Trial off Daytona Beach. Says it’s not usual for a shock trial to register as an earthquake & that it happened before in 2016. Interesting stuff. Let us know if you felt it! https://t.co/J0XY8iXrzS
— Tenikka Smith Hughes (@TenikkaANjax) June 18, 2021
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