A calm ocean, the most modern aircraft carrier of the American Navy on the water and suddenly… an explosion. These are not scenes from a war movie, but recordings from US Navy tests. The nuclear-powered ship had to undergo a series of shock tests, which have now ended.
The American Navy boasted of successfully completed “shock” tests of its most modern aircraft carrier: USS Gerald R. Ford. “Gerald R. Ford”, named after the 38th president of the United States, is the first in a series of units that are intended to replace the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.
The US Navy has just conducted its third and final test of an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean. The nuclear-powered ship has been tested for resistance to attacks similar to those it might face on the battlefield. The American Navy released recordings of these tests: an explosive charge was detonated next to the aircraft carrier, underwater. The spectacular part of the August 9 recording concerns the explosion itself, as the ship stood calmly in the water.
USS Gerald R. Ford tests. “The ship will be able to withstand massive tremors.”
The US Navy describes that during three strike tests, each time the explosion occurred closer to the aircraft carrier. Capt. Brian Metcalf, who coordinates the Navy’s new ship launch program, announced that all systems on the USS Gerald R. Ford were functioning properly. – The tests showed, and made the crew realize this quite dramatically, that the ship would be able to withstand powerful shocks and still operate in extreme conditions – he said.
Although the US Navy announced success, this was not the end of the tests preceding the aircraft carrier’s admission to service. It will still undergo tests with a full crew and aircraft on board.