Gerald R. Ford Class CVN

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Seriously, that guy needs a big pair of spectacles. Missing such a huge target by so little ! And with such a large explosion...

Imagine, if they actually HIT the carrier and blew it up... the maniacs !
 

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That whale had serious intestinal problems... awesome video, really. Damn, 40 000 pounds of high explosives ! Is there any relation whatsoever with the largest Soviet / Russian antiship missiles ? or with the "mother of all bombs" in Russia and America ?
 

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That whale had serious intestinal problems... awesome video, really. Damn, 40 000 pounds of high explosives ! Is there any relation whatsoever with the largest Soviet / Russian antiship missiles ? or with the "mother of all bombs" in Russia and America ?
It's nearly double the total weight of the MOAB (21,600 pounds) and more than double the explosive weight of the MOAB (40,000 pounds vs "only" 18,700). If my math is right, and I'm dealing with a head cold so it may not be, the explosion at of by the USN is only something like .02 kilotons. So far larger than the biggest conventional weapons, and far smaller than all but a handful of nukes (the SADM is about the only I could think of smaller with a yield of about .01KT).
 

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I think shock testing uses such huge amounts to duplicate a much smaller, more local explosion (a torpedo or mine). In order to duplicate the shockwave of such an event without actually penetrating the hull, very large explosions much further away are used.
 

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I have to admit, when I first learned about shock testing, I was kinda like 'you got to be shitting me', especially the fact sailors are actually based on board the target ship.

Do other navies go through this process? I tried searching for any relevant tests and documents a few times and have never turned anything up, but I assume this isn't strictly a USN practice?
 

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I have to admit, when I first learned about shock testing, I was kinda like 'you got to be shitting me', especially the fact sailors are actually based on board the target ship.

Do other navies go through this process? I tried searching for any relevant tests and documents a few times and have never turned anything up, but I assume this isn't strictly a USN practice?
There's actually a NATO standard for shock testing, STANAG 4137. The Danes were quite chuffed when their frigates, which use a lot of commercial design and build elements, aced their 4137 rating.

The CVN shock trial program is usually quite a bit more rigorous than the standard.
 

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