The U.S. Navy has released some amazing footage showing a recent shock trial on the littoral combat ship USS Jackson off the Florida coast.
The Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST) began in June and involved three tests conducted using a 10,000-pound explosive charge during each. One of the blasts was actually so strong that there were reports of increased seismic activity in the area around the time of the test.
The purpose of FSST is to validate the operational survivability of new construction ships after exposure to nearby underwater shock i.e., a big-freakin’ explosion.
The Navy said the ship performed exceptionally well, sustaining only minimal damage and returning to port under her own power.
The USS Jackson (LCS 6) is a Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship commissioned in December 2015.