The US Navy released videos on Friday of a crash test it conducted on its newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford, which triggered a 3.9 magnitude earthquake at sea.
The full ship shock trial (FSST) was carried out by detonating about 18 tonnes (40,000 pounds) of explosives a few meters from the vessel sailing in the Atlantic, according to a statement.
It was the first of three naval-scheduled water explosions, kicking off the ship’s full crash tests on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to determine if it can withstand an enemy hit for the fight.
The US Geological Survey recorded the powerful explosion with a magnitude 3.9 earthquake about 100 miles off the Florida coast at 4 p.m. Friday, according to USNI new.
Images from the trial showed gigantic shards of water gushing out of the ocean as thousands of pounds of explosives exploded near the carrier. The super aircraft carrier was unscathed from the powerful explosion, as the Navy called it a “successful” test.
The Navy said in the statement that the trials are being conducted “under a tight schedule that meets environmental mitigation requirements, respecting known migration patterns of marine life in the test area.”
“The first aircraft carrier in its class was designed using advanced computer modeling methods, testing and analysis to ensure the ship is toughened to withstand combat conditions, and these crash tests provide data used to validate the hardness of the impact of the vessel, ”he said. added.
Following completion of the FSST later this summer, the carrier will enter “planned incremental availability for six months of modernization, maintenance and repairs” prior to its first deployment.
The transporter is 333 m long, 77 m high and has a displacement of 100,000 tonnes at full load while including two nuclear reactors and four wells.
According to the US Navy, full ship crash tests were performed on an aircraft carrier for the first time in 34 years, since the crash test on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in 1987. It It was also the first FSST on any class of vessel since 2016.