Pentagon orders US Navy to carry out depth charge tests on new aircraft carrier
San Antonio Post - Monday 17th August, 2015
US Navy has been ordered to shock-test its biggest and most expensive warship yet
US Navy says that calculations and computer simulations have already proven result
Pentagon has overruled US Navy objections however, and ordered it to do the test
WASHINGTON, DC - The US Navy has been ordered to shock-test its biggest and most expensive warship yet, but is reluctant to detonate a massive depth charge alongside the US $17 billion aircraft carrier.
The US Navy says that calculations and computer simulations have already proven that the new class of aircraft carrier can withstand such a test, making the expense and extra time (around 6 months) unjustifiable.
The Pentagon has overruled US Navy objections however, and ordered it to detonate a huge underwater explosive charge alongside the prototype next-generation aircraft carrier, named the USS Gerald R. Ford.
This extreme examination of the ship, a test applied to almost all 'first of class' vessels, is intended to pinpoint stress areas in the hull.
The navy insists that the 100,000 ton ship has had all its components individually tested, and is designed to resist the shocks of combat it adds that the effects of such a blast have been fully computer simulated.
Conducting the practical test would delay the deployment of the much-needed vessel by up to six months, the navy argues.
But the Pentagon is reportedly wary of weakness exposed elsewhere in the ship's construction program that relied heavily on computer simulation.
The ship, designated CVN 78 and intended to operate up to 90 aircraft, integrates several new cutting edge technologies with computer simulations considered enough to build the ship around a massive new electromagnetic rail system intended to catapult aircraft into the air.
The system had not been fully tested, neither had a complex new arrangement of hydraulics and wires designed to safely restrain landing aircraft, which computer simulations said would operate fine.
Practical tests revealed unacceptably high and potentially fatal failure rates. Urgent, expensive fix programs have since been initiated but may yet delay the ship's scheduled deployment.
Thus the renewed desire for practical experience when it comes to battle damage, the Pentagon insists that a physical blast test would "ensure the survivability of the CVN 78 design is understood prior to beginning operational deployments".
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