Navy releases footage of 40,000-pound explosion drill near USS Gerald R. Ford


(WNCN/WAVY) — The U.S. Navy released footage of a “full ship shock trial” taking place next to one of the newest and largest aircraft carriers in the world.

Video showed a large explosion next to the 100,000-tonne USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier off the U.S. East Coast on June 18.

The United States Geological Survey recorded the explosion as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake about 161 kilometers off the coast of Florida.

The U.S. Navy conducts trials using live explosives to test that their warships “can continue to meet demanding mission requirements under harsh conditions they might encounter in battle,” the Navy said in a statement.

The Ford, a first-in-class aircraft carrier, was built at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Newport News. It’s been undergoing testing for more than a year.

Following post-delivery test and trials in April, the Ford started preparing for the full ship shock trials. The trials are additional trials to gauge the ability of new construction ships to carry out assigned missions and evaluate operational survivability after exposure to an underwater shock.

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