Skip to comments.Will the Navy need to change the USS Ford after ‘shock trials’ of bomb explosions?
Posted on 10/22/2018 8:16:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The U.S. Navy is planning to finalize weapons integration on its new USS Ford carrier and explode bombs in various sea conditions near the ship to prepare for major combat on the open seas, service officials said.
Service weapons testers will detonate a wide range of bombs, to include a variety of underwater sea mines to assess the carriers ability to withstand enemy attacks. Shock Trials, as they are called, are typically one of the final stages in the Navy process designed to bring warships from development to operational deployment.
The USS Gerald R. Ford will conduct further trails and testing, culminating in full-ship shock trials. The ship will then work up for deployment in parallel with its initial operational testing and evaluation, William Couch, an official with Naval Sea Systems Command, told Warrior Maven earlier this year.
Testing how the carrier can hold up to massive nearby explosions will follow whats called a Post Shakedown Availability involving a final integration of various combat systems.
The Post Shakedown Availability is planned for 12 months, with the critical path being Advanced Weapons Elevator construction and Advanced Arresting Gear water twister upgrades, Couch added....
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They’ll have to install urinals.
Many of the components have already gone thru shock testing. So this isnt as bad as it sounds. Been there done that.
If the sailors didn’t have to change their shorts then the Ford is probably fine.
People who don't understand that this is how military systems are built get upset when they hear about some item costing $25,000 when they can get it on Amazon for $999. Well, it aint quite the same thing after all. The $999 one dies if you drop it. The $25,0000 one survives explosions and can handle electromagnetic pulse attacks. But other than that, yeah, same thing.
At the price I’ve heard quoted it should be more luxurious than an ocean liner, but I’m sure it’s not.
What an idiotic headline. The answer is that no one knows until after the shock trials have been completed and results analyzed. That's why the Navy conducts shock trials!
This would have been a much better article had it been constructed as an informative article. As it is, it contains good information. But some editor tried to turn it into hysteria instead of reason.
Injuring military equipment for any reason should be a felony
it’s weird the sort of people that inhabit FR. I knew there would be one of these howlers in the first 15 replies.
there’s a freak out in every thread.
But would it still function if you hit it?
Hasn’t been inhabitin’ too long.
hmmmm. didn’t notice that until you pointed it out . . .
Someone has to pay...........
Never been on a navy ship before, and was quite taken by all the electronics boxes mounted on spring shock isolators.
I got the clear idea that they took shock very seriously. A few years later I was on a brand new Aegis cruiser (Valley Forge, IIRC) for a few days of EMC testing. I forgot to check out how they had a newer ship set up for shock.
Yes, the bottom line is mil spec saves lives, and we that use those military hardware items thank those who test that stuff.
“But other than that, yeah, same thing. “
I did a lot of testing for the military. I’d get upset by the press’ constant use of the $600 toilet seat example. That wasn’t a toilet seat. It was a shroud that could contain the contents of the toilet if the plane flipped over. I think it was Lockheed, if I remember, who no longer wanted to make it so they tried to sub it out. The price came back at several times the $600. And that $500 hammer? Yeah, if you had to subject a hammer design to all the testing required in our contracts it would be $500 each. That testing is expensive. Classified testing, like nuclear event, is even more expensive as they simply come back and say, “Sorry. It didn’t pass. Try again.”
Yeah. People don’t understand that for $500 dollars you not only get the hammer, but a file cabinet full of test reports that the contract required. The administrative overhead on military contracts is what costs.
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