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USS Gerald R Ford Completes First Full Ship Shock Trial Event

Washington, June 21 (MNN) The US Navy has said that USS Gerald R Ford had successfully completed the first scheduled explosive event as part of Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST).

The first-in-class aircraft carrier was designed using advanced computer modelling methods, testing, and analysis to ensure the ship is hardened to withstand battle conditions, and these shock trials provide data used in validating the shock hardness of the ship, it said.

USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) completed the first scheduled explosive event of Full Ship Shock Trials in the Atlantic Ocean on June 18 (local time).

The US Navy conducts shock trials of new ship designs using live explosives to confirm that our warships can continue to meet demanding mission requirements under harsh conditions they might encounter in battle.

Ford’s shock trials are being conducted off the East Coast of the US, within a narrow schedule that complies with environmental mitigation requirements, respecting known migration patterns of marine life in the test area.

The Navy also has employed extensive protocols throughout FSST to ensure the safety of military and civilian personnel participating in the testing evolution.

Ford is the newest and most advanced aircraft carrier in the US Navy.

The ship closed out a successful 18-month Post Delivery Test and Trials period in April, during which the crew completed all required testing, accomplished planned improvements and maintenance ahead of schedule, and learned valuable lessons to increase the reliability of Ford-Class systems.

At the same time, the ship also served as the sole East Coast platform for conducting carrier qualifications.

Upon completion of FSST later this summer, Ford will enter a Planned Incremental Availability for six months of modernization, maintenance, and repairs prior to its operational employment, the Navy added.

The Navy conducted FSSTs over several decades, most recently for the Littoral Combat Ships USS Jackson (LCS 6) and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) in 2016; as well as for the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) in 2008, the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) in 1990, and the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) in 1987.

The last aircraft carrier to execute FSST was USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in 1987.

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