The American aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford was tested by an underwater bomb explosion. According to The Drive, in this way it was planned to check the reliability of all systems of the vessel.
According to the publication, in total for tests, as a rule, three underwater explosions are carried out. The first took place on June 18 off the coast of Florida. The concussion he caused was 3.9 on the Richter scale.
The tests were supposed to show how the systems and the crew of the aircraft carrier would react to a strong explosion that occurred in the immediate vicinity of the ship. Special equipment was installed on the ship, which was supposed to record the data of all systems, from on-board computers to a nuclear reactor. The test also had to show whether the aircraft carrier’s crew was well prepared to repair the damage.
It is noted that tests are also necessary in order to understand how an aircraft carrier will behave in the event of a successful attack on it. Test explosion allows you to find its weak points and eliminate them.
Aircraft carriers of the Gerald R. Ford type are multipurpose nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, which have been under construction since 2009. The first aircraft carrier of this type was commissioned into the US Navy in 2017.