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Ford Gets a Shock

The world’s largest warship and the lead ship of her class, the supercarrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has been getting rocked by underwater explosions in Full Ship Shock Trials while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. It makes for some impressive images.

These provided by Warship 78’s social media account by MCSN Jackson Adkins, MC3 Riley McDowell, MC3 Zachary Melvin, taken 18 June.

Taking place some 100 miles off the Florida coast just before 4 p.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey the blast hit the scales there as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake.

Laid down in 2009 after four years of pre-production, Ford commissioned 22 July 2017, two months after she was delivered, and has been undergoing trials, tests, and refits for the past four years.

The Navy hopes she will be ready to deploy in 2023.

The largest warship afloat, ever

The PCU USS Gerald R. Ford is now in the water, having had her immense dry dock filled this week at the builder's yard.  (CVN-78) is to be the lead ship of its class of United States Navy supercarriers.  When finished in 2016 she will be 112,000 tons and over 1100 feet long, making her the largest warship ever completed.

The PCU USS Gerald R. Ford is now in the water, having had her immense dry dock filled this week at the builder’s yard.  CVN-78 is to be the lead ship of its class of United States Navy super-carriers. When finished in 2016 she will be 112,000 tons and over 1100 feet long, making her the largest warship ever completed.

She will fill the hole left in the fleet when USS Enterprise (CVN-65) decommissioned without replacement last year.