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USS Gerald R. Ford Successfully Completes Shock Trials

Published August 11, 2021

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) successfully conducted a third explosive event off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, on Aug. 8, marking the completion of the ship’s full-ship shock trials.

Shock trials validate a ship’s shock hardness and ability to sustain operations in a simulated combat environment using live ordnance. During the four-month testing evolution, the first-in-class aircraft carrier withstood the impact of three 40,000-pound underwater blasts, released at distances progressively closer to the ship.

The last U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to undergo full-ship shock trials was USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in 1987.