To test the integrity of each new class of vessel and its systems, the U.S. Navy detonated 10,000-pound explosive charges at progressively closer distances to the ship to simulate a near miss. The ship shock trials taught sailors how to respond under such circumstances, thus ensuring the safety of our military personnel. These trials occurred about 200 miles offshore from San Diego. The project budget was over $1 million a day.
MMCG was tasked to establish and maintain a moving four-by-eight-mile safety zone for wildlife 200 miles off the California coast as the destroyer moved through the test area. This was accomplished by shipboard and aerial observers. MMCG’s approach was so successful that it was been applied toward the ship shock tests of the U.S.S. Seawolf, a new class of submarine, and other vessels as well.