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Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson Completes First Full Ship Shock Trial Blast

USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completed the first of three scheduled full ship shock trials June 10. US Navy photo.

USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completed the first of three scheduled full ship shock trials June 10. US Navy photo.

Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS-6) successfully completed the first of three scheduled full ship shock trial blasts on June 10, the Navy announced today.

Jackson is the first ship since 2008 to undergo FSST, former Program Executive Officer for LCS Rear Adm. Brian Antonio told USNI News last month.

“The shock trials are designed to demonstrate the ship’s ability to withstand the effects of nearby underwater explosion and retain required capability,” according to a Navy statement.

Jackson returned to port at at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for inspections, data collection and preparation for the next blast, scheduled in about two weeks.

Antonio said in the interview last month that the shots would come every two weeks and increase in severity.

“This is no kidding, things moving, stuff falling off of bulkheads,” he said.
“Some things are going to break. We have models that predict how electronics are going to move and cabinets are going to move, but some things are going to happen, and we’re going to learn a lot from this test.”

USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) will undergo the same test plan later in the summer.

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Megan Eckstein is a staff writer for USNI News. She previously covered Congress for Defense Daily and the U.S. surface navy and U.S. amphibious operations as an associate editor for Inside the Navy.