Responsibilities and assets of NATO's SACLANT. View from cockpit of aircraft landing on deck of U.S. aircraft carrier USS Bennington (CVA-20). Scenes of Atlantic ocean. Periscope of submarine breaks surface. View through periscope. American convoy underway during WWII in the Atlantic Ocean. Enemy submarine launches torpedo. Ships being struck by torpedoes. Underwater view of submarine. A torpedoed ship sinking. Views of empty Nazi submarine pens. A Douglas DC-4 passenger airplane passes by the Empire State building, while in flight over Manhattan Island, New York City. Steamships in terminals on the Hudson River. Tug boats and barges in New York harbor. Ocean-going cargo ships pass by the Statue of Liberty. Vehicular traffic in the streets of Norfolk, Virginia. A sign reads 'US Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia'. View of ships and harbor at Norfolk Naval Station. Headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (SACLANT). NATO officers in the "great map room of SACLANT" at the Headquarters. World map placed on a wall. Scene from 1952: U.S. Navy Captain briefs Admiral Lynde D. McCormick, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and also SACLANT. Map shows areas of SACLANT responsibility extending around the Atlantic from Southern Europe around past Iceland to the maritime provinces of Canada and down to the U.S. coast.. Surfaced submarine launches Regulus missile. Scene from 1960: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) underway. Aircraft parked aboard the aircraft carrier. View of Naval Air Base at Oceana, Virginia. Douglas F4D flies above runway as another lands. Navy F8 aircraft parked on ramp. Canadian Naval Base at Halifax, Nova Scotia, with views of derricks, cranes, piers, and warships.
Closeup of a freighter steaming past the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. Sailors riding on a commercial bus near the entrance to the U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia. Traffic at the road intersection.Sign identifying the base. Views of ships docked at the base. Flags flying outside the Headquarters of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT). View of the great map room inside the headquarters. Officers from various NATO countries seated for a briefing conducted by A U.S. Navy Captain circa 1954. The most senior officers, including the first SACLANT, Admiral Lynde D. McCormick, step close to the map, where he speaks to the briefing officer. Closeup of the briefing officer moving images of aircraft over the map in the vicinity of the Portuguese Azore Islands. Closeup of straits of Gibraltar and then of Brest and Cherbourg on the coast of France; the Western approaches to the British Isles; the Norwegian coast; Iceland; Northern Labrador; the whole seaboard of Canada and the United States. View of waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Glimpse back to Admiral McCormick at the briefing map and then to a partially submerged submarine moving in water of the Atlantic. Narrator mentions subs of the 1960s. U.S. nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine launches a polaris missile. Final view of briefing map.erge.
Search and rescue efforts after the destruction of Texas Tower Number 4, a U.S. Air Force Air Defense Command Offshore Radar station, in 1961. It was located off Long Island (39degrees48'N 72degrees40'W) and operated by airmen of the 646th Radar Squadron. It had experienced structural difficulties including damage from Hurricane Donna, on September 12, 1960 and was being scheduled for repair or dismantling. The USNS New Bedford and the USS Wasp were in the vicinity, on January 15, 1961, when the storm caused the Tower to collapse and sink.But they were unable to save anyone. In subsequent search and rescue operations, after the storm, The USS Sunbird (ASR-15) submarine rescue ship is seen at the site, along with sailors in a motor whaleboat from the USS Blandy (DD-943). A helicopter from the USS Wasp (CV-18)flies overhead. A scuba diver surfaces near the whaleboat and is taken aboard. A motor whaleboat from the USS Sunbird maneuvers in rough water. Whaleboats seen returning sailors and divers to the Sunbird.
Naval exercises of Striking Fleet Atlantic (NATO Command) in the Atlantic Ocean. All Maritime Nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization participate in the exercises. USS Northampton at sea. Smoke rises up from the smokestack of the ship. A signalman on signal bridge sends and receives messages by flashing light. Hoisting flag on signal bridge. A destroyer ship in background. Men aboard the ships. Aircraft on the flight deck of the ship. A sign reads 'US Atlantic Fleet'. Vice Admiral Harold T. Deuterman holds a conference with staff and ship officers.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Striking Fleet Atlantic participate in naval exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. A view of a rotating radar antenna. NATO ships underway. Flight deck operations aboard USS Shangri La (CV-38). A man seated at the controls. A Canadian aircraft takes off. The aircraft in flight. Pilots in the cockpit. Planes in formation. Demonstration of fire power. Smoke rises up due to explosions. Splashes in water.
Opening scene shows view from cockpit of a jet aircraft approaching to land on deck of the U.S.Navy anti-submarine aircraft carrier, USS Bennington (CVS-20). The aircraft lands and then taxis as directed by crewman toward parking place. (Narrator mentions the Atlantic Alliance, involving 15 Nations.) Slate shows "NATO ANTISUBMARINE." Scenes of Atlantic Ocean waters, some breaking on rocks, some showing whitecaps. Montage of World War II scenes dealing with submarine threat. A submarine periscope visible above the surface. View of a surface vessel, from submarine's periscope. Glimpse from fast-moving boat, of World War II Atlantic convoy underway. Aerial view of convoy of ships in formation underway. Periscope in water and below water view of torpedo being fired. Torpedoes exploding as they strike Allied ships. Underwater view of a submarine. A torpedoed ship sinking with bow pointing skyward.