WATCH: USS Jackson Survives 10,000-Pound Explosive Shock Test (But it was Close)

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.

160613-N-DN943-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 10, 2016) The littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completes the first of three scheduled full-ship shock trials June 10, 2016. The shock trials are designed to demonstrate the ship's ability to withstand the effects of nearby underwater explosion and retain required capability. Jackson is currently ported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for required inspections and preparation for the second full-ship shock trial scheduled for later this month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Bevan/Released)
The littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completes the first of three scheduled full-ship shock trials June 10, 2016. U.S. Navy Photo

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.