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The USS Gerald R. Ford was subjected to a shock trial on Friday to test whether it was ready to be deployed. The aircraft carrier has a $13 billion price tag. A US navy aircraft carrier has undergone its first “shock trial,” after being subjected to a detonation of 20 metric tons of explosives that registered as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake. The US Navy was trying to find out if the USS Gerald R. Ford, which cost $13 billion (€11 billion) to build, could withstand combat conditions and is ready to go to war. The Navy announced the test in a statement, also releasing video footage of the blast on Sunday, two days after trials took place in the Atlantic Ocean. It showed water shoot from the ocean in what US media described as a 40,000-pound (18,144-kilogram) explosion.

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