VIDEO: Littoral Combat Ship Withstands Wallops at Sea

The trimaran Independence variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson underwent Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST) during summer 2016 off the coast of Florida. (Screen grab from U.S. Navy video)The trimaran Independence variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson underwent Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST) during summer 2016 off the coast of Florida. (Screen grab from U.S. Navy video)

The U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship program has seen better days.

As my colleague Hope Hodge Seck recently reported at Military.com, the service decided to turn the first four vessels into non-deploying test platforms after engine woes and other problems sidelined the small surface ships.

But the $37 billion acquisition effort remains underway, with the trimaran Independence variant USS Jackson (LCS 6) recently withstanding a wallop at sea — three wallops, actually.

As part of full ship shock trials off the coast of Florida, the ship was subjected to three blasts, each with a 10,000 pounds explosive charge, which packed enough punch to spur reports of “increased seismic activity,” according to the Navy.

“The ship performed exceptionally well, sustaining minimal damage and returned to port under her own power,” the service said in a statement.

Check out the up-close video of the shock trials the Navy released on Wednesday:

Next up for the test is the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), according to the service.

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Brendan McGarry
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