The Navy of USA launched a series of tests on its latest and most advanced aircraft carrier carrying out powerful explosions to determine if the ship is ready for war.
The first of the tests, known as Full Ship Shock Trials, happened on Friday, when the Navy unleashed a giant explosive event near the USS Gerald R. Ford, according to a statement.
Images and videos showed a huge explosion of water in the ocean as a result of what the US media reported was a 40,000 pound (18,144 kilogram) explosion.
– US Navy (@USNavy) June 20, 2021
The United States Geological Survey said the explosion, which occurred in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, was recorded as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake.
The Navy “crash tests new ship designs using active explosives to confirm that our warships can continue to meet the demanding mission requirements in the harsh conditions they might encounter in battle,” it said in the statement.
After the tests, the warship will undergo maintenance and repairs.
The tests are being carried out “within a narrow schedule that meets the environmental mitigation requirements, respecting the known migration patterns of marine life in the test area,” the Navy added.