View of the British aircraft carrier, Courageous, from Fairey Swordfish aircraft that has just taken off. Captain Schuhart, commander of the German submarine U-29 enters harbor with crew on deck after successfully sinking the British Aircraft Carrier, Courageous, off the coast of England, on September 17, 1939. Captain Schuhart steps from the U-29 to the shore and is immediately awarded the Iron Cross, first class. His crew members are seen wearing awards of Iron Cross, second class. German Destroyers underway in the North Sea. They maneuver guns and torpedo launchers. A boarding party from a German destroyer accosts a merchant vessel, which they board and signal as OK. The boarding party returns to the destroyer, which then steams away at high speed.
The new giant Pan American World Airways 'Atlantic Clipper' (Boeing 314) christened in Blatimore, Maryland. The second 7-1-pass seaplane for ocean service, the 'Atlantic Clipper' outside a hangar. A large crowd gathered for the ceremony. The seated guests. Pan American World Airways founder Juan Trippe addresses the gathering. U.S. Senator Millard Tydings and his wife, and Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. seated among the guests. The Clipper is christened by Mrs. Tydings. Dignitaries board the aircraft.
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.
U.S. battleships underway in Hampton Roads, United States. USS West Virginia (BB-48) and USS Idaho (BB-24) behind it, underway in the Atlantic ocean. Pan of the USS West Virginia. Crew working on the deck of the battleship. Several Curtiss SOC Seagull scout observation seaplanes seen carried aboard the ship.
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.