Second aircraft carrier shock test registers as 3.9 magnitude earthquake off Florida coast

The U.S. Navy’s latest aircraft carrier withstood a second round of testing Friday with explosive blasts that again registered as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake off the Florida coast.

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It is the second of three full ship shock trials before the USS Gerald R. Ford can be deployed, the Navy said.

The Navy previously performed similar tests on the ship June 18. During that trial, the explosives also registered at the same rating.

>> Aircraft carrier shock test off Florida coast registers as 3.9 magnitude earthquake

The Navy has conducted full ship shock trials for decades. The most recent was in 2016 on the USS Jackson and USS Milwaukee combat ships. The last aircraft carrier to undergo the testing was the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 1987.