The US Navy conducted the ‘Full Ship Shock Trials’ exercise to measure the shock stiffness of its newest and most advanced aircraft carrier. At the end of the first test exercise, in which 18 thousand kilograms of explosives were used, an earthquake of 3.9 magnitude occurred.
The United States Navy completed its first explosive test as part of the ‘Full Ship Shock Trials’ exercise launched on the east coast of the country.
About 18 thousand kilograms of explosives were used in the explosion.
The US Geological Survey recorded the explosion as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake.
After the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford completed its first scheduled explosive exercise while cruising in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, the US Navy announced that the explosion was done to measure the ship’s shock stiffness.
“The top-of-the-range aircraft carrier has been designed using advanced computer modeling methods, testing and analysis to ensure the ship is hardened to withstand combat conditions, and these shock trials validate the data used to validate the ship’s shock stiffness,” the US Navy said in a statement.
“Ford’s shock trials are being conducted off the East Coast of the United States on a schedule that complies with environmental mitigation requirements, while respecting the known migration patterns of marine life in the test area,” the statement continued.
“Ford is the newest and most advanced aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy,” the statement continued, with the following statements: The ship was released in April when the crew completed all required testing, scheduled improvements and maintenance ahead of schedule, and lessons to improve the reliability of Ford-Class systems. It closed the test and trial period after a successful 18-month delivery.