The US Navy has released images of an explosives test off the coast of Florida to determine the durability of a new aircraft carrier.
The USS Gerald R. Ford was 100 miles east of Florida as the Navy detonated a 40,000-pound explosive – one of many scheduled tests. The aircraft carrier is the Navy’s newest and most advanced.
The vessel successfully closed an 18-month trial and testing period in April, finishing ahead of schedule for all planned upgrades and maintenance.
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The explosion, triggered on Friday, was so powerful that the US Geological Survey measured a magnitude of 3.9, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
“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 ship, ”he added. Marine said in a press release.
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The Navy performs these full ship crash tests as a final step before a ship deploys.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt was the last aircraft carrier to perform the tests, in 1987.
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The Navy has not specified how many tests it will perform during FSST, but testing will end later this summer.