Shock testing is a major milestone for any US Navy warship. But while setting off increasingly large charges at increasingly close distances with a live crew onboard sounds scary enough, seeing it from the ship's deck gives a far more visceral understanding of what new ships and their crews go through.
This is USS Jackson, a Navy Littoral Combat Ship we've talked about before. But while we've told about how the Navy is trying to blow up one of its newest ships, all we had at the time was a photo of the Independence-class ship's first test. This video shows those tests in high-definition and from multiple angles. Unfortunately, the music selection is bad, but you can still get an idea of the rigors a new ship like the Jackson endures during the trials. Just watch the way components like the CIWS cannon shakes following an impact.
Check out the video, available up top.