Relates to the U.S. Antarctic expedition,Operation High Jump. Shows Douglas DC-3 airplanes (R-4D in U.S. Navy) loaded aboard the deck of USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) at a U.S. naval base in Norfolk, Virginia. U.S. sailors spot an iceberg in the Southern Ocean. Christmas celebrations held aboard U.S. ships. Scenes from the Central Group underway. Cruzen and other officers gather for a conference. Views of Scott Island and waves crashing on its rocks. The ships reach the Scott Island in Southern Ocean. Cruzen transfers his flag to the USCGC Icebreaker Northwind to become the lead boat in cutting channels for the group.
Relates to the U.S. Antarctic expedition,Operation High Jump. Shows shellback initiation rites held aboard the USS Mount Olympus (AGC-8), under Captain Cruzen, sailing in Atlantic upon the crossing of the equator. U.S. vessels caught in a heavy sea-storm. Ships move through heavy seas. USS Cacapon (AO-52) along side the USS Mount Olympus in heavy seas for refueling. Captain of USS Cacapon comes aboard the Mount Olympus to discuss and urge rapid refueling for safety of the ships. Seaplane aboard a seaplane tender falls in the sea due to heavy turbulence. Surgeons operate an injured sailor at the sick-bay on a vessel.
U.S. explorer Admiral Richard Byrd's Antarctic III expedition to Antarctica. Expedition members assemble a dog sled on the deck of the Barkentine, USS Bear, while underway to the Antarctic during Admiral Byrd's 3rd Expedition.
Relates to the U.S. Antarctic expedition,Operation High Jump. U.S. navy fleet advances through heavy icy layer of the Antarctica. Submarine USS Sennet is caught between two ice layers. Coast Guard Icebreaker Northwind comes to the aid. Icebreaker Northwind comes to the aid of vessels that are stuck in ice. It rescues and tows the Sennet. Sailors capture an Antarctic Ross Seal and lift it aboard a ship in a cargo net. Northwind cuts free the strangled USS Mount Olympus and other Navy vessels from the ice, and the Supplyship Merrick (AKA-97) which has suffered ruptures and taken on water.
Relates to the U.S. Antarctic expedition,Operation High Jump. Aerial shot of the Antarctic seals in Antarctica. Husky dogs bark at a seal. Husky sledge is being prepared. Husky puppies fight for food.
Relates to the U.S. Antarctic expedition,Operation High Jump. American carrier ship USS Philippine Sea is radioed by the flag ship. Admiral Richard Byrd orders the DC-3s (also known as R4D) to take off from the deck. The DC-3s take off from the deck by means of jet propulsion devices. Admiral Byrd's plane lands on the Antarctic ice. He meets and greets the fellow officers. Expedition team is caught in heavy blizzard. Snow is cleared off aircraft, tents and equipment after the blizzard subsides. Admiral Byrd reviews his men and U.S. flag is raised.