US Navy Wants to Skip ‘Shock Testing’ of New Aircraft Carrier, Pentagon Protests | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


US Navy Wants to Skip ‘Shock Testing’ of New Aircraft Carrier, Pentagon Protests

Shock testing involves setting off underwater charges against the ship while the crew is onboard to see how the ship reacts to attacks that are supposed to deal minimal damage. It's seen as valuable because it can expose the weaknesses in the design or construction of the vessel — but it will also stall the combat readiness of the ship.

Under political pressure from US President Donald Trump, who vowed to construct the "12-carrier Navy we need" on the deck of the Ford in March 2017, the Navy has sought to fast-track the carrier by omitting shock testing from their FY 2019 budget.

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