An explosives test Friday to test the durability of the US Navy’s latest aircraft carrier recorded as a magnitude 3.9 earthquake.
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The Navy detonated thousands of pounds of explosives around 4 p.m. near the USS Gerald R. Ford about 100 miles off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean to simulate combat conditions, the US reported. Naval Institute.
“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 vessel, ”Marine said in a statement.
The Navy has conducted full ship crash tests for decades. The most recent dates back to 2016 on the combat ships USS Jackson and USS Milwaukee. The last aircraft carrier to undergo the tests was the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 1987.
Captain Paul Lanzilotta said the crew had been preparing for the test for months.
“It’s a lot of work when you have a ship with 5,000 seats in it, so we have to get all our gear ready,” he told the Naval Institute. “We are also going to prepare the crew: so the crew has to know what to expect, they have to practice their damage control procedures because we all have to be good, and when we shock the ship we have to make sure make sure the ship is in as ready as possible condition.
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