US Navy detonates huge 40,000lb bomb next to its own aircraft carrier triggering earthquake 100 miles away in Florida
THE US Navy detonated a mammoth 40,000lb bomb next to its OWN aircraft carrier – triggering an earthquake 100 miles away in Florida.
Daytona Beach was shaken by a 3.9-magnitude quake during the USS Gerald R. Ford ‘shock trial’, confirms the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Navy blasted near its newest carrier with thousands of pounds of explosives in the Atlantic Ocean to simulate how the ship would perform in battle conditions.
Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed the first scheduled explosive event of full ship shock trials – and appears to have passed with flying colors.
The US Navy wanted to check its newest and most advanced carrier by detonating powerful explosions to determine whether the ship is ready for war.
Images and video footage show an enormous burst of water shooting up from the ocean as a result of the 40,000-pound (18,144-kg) blast.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the explosion, which occurred off the Florida coast last Friday, registered as a 3.9-magnitude earthquake.
It measured the seismic impact some 100 miles off the coast of Ponce Inlet, a town south of Daytona Beach.
On Twitter, some were worried about the impact on “dolphins, whales and untold number of other sea creatures” that might have been “killed or seriously injured for hundreds of miles from the test area”.
The U. S Naval Institute (USNI) reported that USS Gerald R. Ford was wired with sensors to measure the effects of the shock.
“The first-in-class aircraft carrier was designed using advanced computer modeling method.
“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,” the Navy said.
Ford commanding officer Capt. Paul Lanzilotta told USNI News in March that the crew had been busy preparing for the blasting.
He said: “That’s quite a bit of work when you have a ship with 5,000 spaces in it, so we have to prepare all of our gear.
“We’re also going to prepare the crew: so the crew has to know what to expect.
“They need to practice their damage control procedures because that’s something that we all need to be good at, and when we shock the ship we need to make sure that we have the ship in as ready a condition as we can.”
Shock testing the first-in-class Ford, rather than second-in-class John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), was driven in Congress by the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
He insisted on the trials to prove the reliability of the new carrier class before its first deployment, USNI adds.