Atomic submarine Nautilus launched in Electric Boat Division, Groton, Connecticut. Sign reads 'USS Nautilus SSN 571 Keel Laid June 14, 1952'. Crowd cheers. Mrs Dwight S Eisenhower arrives for christening ceremony. Commander Eugene P Wilkinson as Commander of ship. Mrs Dwight Eisenhower christens the Nautilus. Submarine slides into waters from its building area.
Film opens showing the nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus (SSN 571) moving underway, on the surface, in the Thames River, near Groton, Connecticut. Several crew members stand on the boat's deck, as it heads toward the Long Island Sound. Change of scene shows a cartoon representation of a nuclear reaction occuring inside a nuclear reactor. Next, the reactor is seen enclosed in a containment with a pump attached. To this a heat exchanger is then shown in combination with the reactor and pump. Finally, the cartoon schematic includes a turbine, drive, and a propeller. An arrow points to control and fuel rods atop the reactor containment, and fuel rods descend into the reactor. The next animated illustration shows the reactor and drive assembly through a cutaway in a sketch of the Nautilus submarine.
Launch of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, at shipyard of the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut. Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower breaks a bottle of champagne on the bow of USS Nautilus as a part of tradition. The submarine slides down the ways into the waters of the Thames River. A Navy CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter flies above USS Nautilus underway in Long Island Sound..
Film opens with brief glimpse of Commmander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN, Captain of the USS Nautilus, as he walks on a dock at the Electric Boat yard, Groton, Connecticut. He crosses a gangplank to the submarine. Next, Admiral Jerauld Wright, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, is seen walking along the dock at the head of a loose formation of officers and sailors. Beside him is John Jay Hopkins, founder and president of General Dynamics Corporation. As they walk close by the camera, and turn, Admiral Donald B. Duncan, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, is seen immediately behind them. Scene shifts to deck of the Nautilus, where Commander Wilkinson is standing at a podium with senior officers and Mr. Hopkins behind him. They all salute as several sailors prepare to raise an American flag (not yet seen) on a mast attached to the Nautilus Sail. Two men are seen from the back of a high platform forward of the submarine, as they look down over a railing at persons assembled on the Nautilus deck. More views, from various vantage points, of the Nautilus crew members on deck and of the relatives, friends and spectators on the dock. A large number of families and others, many seated on chairs set out for the occasion. They mingle and socialize. Sailors have not yet been dismissed and remain in a tight formation on the deck of the Nautilus.
Assorted views taken when the CNO visited and sailed aboard the new atomic powered submarine, USS Nautilus during sea trials. A sailor walks along the deck of the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) docked on the Thames river at Groton, Connecticut. It moves away from the dock. Next, Admiral Robert B. Carney, Chief of Naval Operations walks on the deck with Nautilus Captain, Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson. Admiral William Fechteler, former CNO, follows behind them. Crew of the boat is lined up on deck. A sailor raises Admiral's 4-star flag next to the American flag on the Nautilus flag pole. Pier, docks, and waterfront buildings are seen in the background. Sailors pick up lines from deck of the Nautilus and remove the American flag and flagpole from the deck. Admiral Carney descends from the deck through a hatch. Next, the Nautilus is seen, moving slowly away on the calm river. View from on deck looking aft, shows trailing wake as the Nautilus moves at higher speed. Views of sailors at duty stations inside the boat: one in a compartment, monitoring equipment; a lookout in cold weather gear, with binoculars; and a sailor below speaking on an interphone, as Admiral Carney sits next to him. The Admiral standing next to the sailor, conversing with him. Admiral Fechteler standing behind the helmsman as an officer briefs him. Glimpse of Admiral Carney through a hatch. Admiral Carney climbing interior stairway to another deck where he and Admiral Fechteler join Commander Wilkinson who briefs them. A sailor shows Admiral Carney a metal plaque on the wall citing the Nautilus as the sixth ship of the fleet to carry that name, and giving information about that. Glimpse of crew member taking a book from a cabinet. Admiral Carney ducking as he passes through a hatchway. Admiral Carney seated at a table having coffee and conversing with a sailor. Behind them on a wall, is a juke box. The Admirals standing near sailors on a break, playing cards. Admiral Carney looking over the juke box on the wall. Both Admirals signing a log book. The Admirals seated beside one another at the helmsman position.
USS Nautilus (SSN-571) plays host to civilian newsreel cameramen for the first time in Groton. Nautilus submarine departs for New York from Groton. Navy personnel at controls aboard USS Nautilus. Men eat at tables aboard the Nautilus. The Nautilus enters New York Harbor. View of boats spraying water with Manhattan Island skyscrapers of New York City in background. Also view of the USS Nautilus surfaced in the harbor, with the skyline of Manhattan behind.