Keel laying of the polaris submarine USS Lafayette (SSBN-616) in Groton, Connecticut. Shows electric power cable running from the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) to the dock. Thus, the nuclear reactor aboard the Nautilus is providing electric power to operate the crane for laying the keel of the USS Lafayette and also for welding, later on. Sign on dock, reads Atomic Power, SSN-571 Nautilus. The worker on the dock turns the power on. The keel of the USS Lafayette is put in place by the crane. Several yard worker in foreground. Sign reads, "USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN-616), Keel laid January 17, 1961". The keel hangs from a crane hook. French Ambassador Herve Alphand, Secretary of US-Navy(SECNAV) William B. Franke; President of General Dynamics' Electric Boat division, Carleton Shugg; and Vice Admiral(VADM) Hyman G. Rickover, all appear on a stand as the keel is being laid onto the blocks. The bottom section of the keel is lowered to the keel blocks as the dock watchers observe. Press officials gather at the ceremony. SECNAV Franke at podium speaks to the group in the yard. A worker puts a welder's apron around the SECNAV. VADM Rickover watches as SECNAV welds his initials into the keel of the USS Lafayette. Ambassador Alphand welds his initials onto the keel of the USS Lafayette. Alphand speaks from the platform to the group, completes his speech, and Carleton Shugg steps to the microphone at the close of the ceremony. The VIPs leave the platform.
Admiral Hyman Rickover is honored aboard the USS Nautilus in Groton,Connecticut. Participating VIPs include: French Ambassador Herve Alphand; Secretary of US-Navy(SECNAV) William B. Franke; President of the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation.Carleton Shugg; and Vice Admiral(VADM) Hyman G. Rickover. They arrive aboard the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) for the ceremony. Vice Admiral Rickover is saluted by Navy officers. standing on a podium set up on deck of the submarine. Officers and men on the Nautilus stand at attention. LT. J.F. Laboon, JR. Chaplain, gives a short invocation. Commander of Nautilus, Lando W. Zech, introduces Vice Admiral Grenfell who steps up to the mike. French Ambassador Alphand gives remarks. SECNAV gives his address and presents the Distinguished Service Medal to VADM Rickover.
Mrs. Madeleine Edison Sloane, second daughter of renowned American inventor, Thomas Alva Edison, christens the Polaris Submarine, USS Thomas Alva Edison (SSBN-610), at the yard of Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corporation, in Groton, Connecticut. Mrs. Sloane with other officials on a platform. She is briefed by an official and then breaks a bottle of champagne to launch the boat, which moves smoothly down the ways into the water. Spectators cheer. The crew of the new Polaris submarine seen on her deck, following the launch.
Construction of Fleet Ballistic missile submarines in Groton, Connecticut. Skeleton hull of submarine under construction. Small hatch opening in the submarine. A man welds under the far side of the hatch in the hull. Cross bracings in the skeleton hull of the submarine. A worker uses a cutting torch and works on the submarine.
Construction of Fleet Ballistic missile submarines in Groton, Connecticut. Submarines under construction. A builder works on the skin of the submarine. Other workers working inside the submarine. Cross and vertical braces of framework of the submarine. Under section of the submarine. Wooden posts hold up the submarine on the ways. A man welds on the submarine. Ribbing and skin on the submarine.
Widow of Commander Willis Thomas launches the U.S. submarine K-1 in Groton, Connecticut. Photographers click. Submarine K-1 launched and goes in sea. People see submarine going into sea.