World oceans map with red dots marking areas of scientific interest for Glomar Challenger Expeditions. Scientists study ocean chart and mark a line on it. Offices on board the ship. Teletype is received and logged. Crew member monitors instruments on board. Crew lowers large circular device on which is painted: "Built for Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, by Research Equipment, Inc., Plymouth, Massachusetts." Animated diagram shows the ship monitoring acoustics in a circular area above the generating device. A large antenna-like frame is lowered into the ocean. Inside the ship, several expedition members monitor a sonar screen as it paints acoustic returns.
Animated map of worlds oceans, showing "rings of fire" where tectonic plates are in various states of relative motion. Scene shifts to drilling rig on the research vessel, Glomar Challenger. Scene of arctic conditions, with heavy coatings of ice seen on the vessel. Drilling crew continues work on the Glomar Challenger, in spite of the weather. Crew member's feet sliding across the deck. Crew continues "roughneck" work of drilling and use Acetylene Torch and hammer to keep equipment free and moving. Crew with core sections, retrieved from deep ocean floor. they cut them with hacksaw and bind them. Views of deck in harsh weather. Radar antenna in motion.
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.
A film on the development of air power in the United States. Scenes depicting travel by ocean going ships, preceding air travel. Animation of a small ship moving away from the east coast of the U.S. Actual footage of a large sailing vessel of the early clipper ship variety sailing in the ocean. Animation of a small ship sailing to the Great Britain. Real footage of a four-stack ocean liner, which appears to be the RMS Mauretania (1906 edition), sailing in the Atlantic Ocean. Animated map of the Atlantic Ocean and the coasts of the U.S. and England. An R-34 dirigible airship in flight. The R-34 moored to the ground with a large craft around the gondola. A British Bristol fighter aircraft in flight. Animation of the maps of the U.S. and the Great Britain coming closer together, figuratively, through the speed of air travel.
United States newsman arrives at Falmouth in England after crossing the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. newsman Robert Manry crosses the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat 'Tinkerbelle'. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean and returned the same way. He is greeted on the shore by his wife and children. Officers stand to welcome him. Large crowd gathers to greet him.
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.