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.
U.S. Reconnaissance Unit marines receiving underwater training at the U.S. Navy submarine school, New London, Groton, Connecticut. Inside the Buoyant Ascent, Submarine Escape Training Tower, marines equipped with breathing apparatus and flotation collars, are seen rising to the surface of the tank. Glimpse of a submarine on surface of water. Inside the submarine, marines in a platoon, assigned to a team, are briefed by an officer. Then the NCO in charge, carrying his swimming flippers, leads his team into the escape trunk, for their first training mission. View of the marines as water rises around them. Then they are seen making buoyant ascents from the submarine, with bubbles trailing as they rise. View at surface as the team members reach it. The team swims toward shore, pulling their equipment in waterproof bags. They land on a beach, and sweep away any landing marks in the sand. Inland, a team member removes a submachine gun from its waterproof bag. He gives the gun to another marine, fully dressed in camouflage fatigues,
USS Lafayette's Commission Ceremony at Groton, Connecticut. Vice Admiral Charles D. Griffin gives a brief speech during the ceremony. The United States flag being hoisted on the USS Lafayette. Crew members operate controls and turn wheel inside the ship. Naval staff speaks over telephone. The USS Lafayette underway.
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.
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.