Scene opens aboard the U.S. Aircraft Carrier, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) as crews position several Douglas A-4 Skyhawk aircrafton steam catapults under the direction of a yellow shirt aircraft handling officer. Next, the aircraft are seen being launched. Camera follows one leaving the flight deck and proceeding over the water. Closeup of deck crew working down under an aircraft as it moves into position for launch. View from above the flight deck shows two A-4 aircraft on catapults. Tail code AB on the closest one identifies it as belonging to Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1). Scene shifts to a catapult crew preparing an Vought F-8E Crusader aircraft for catapulting. Three crew work at the front and two at the back of the aircraft. They fasten the bridle cable. View of the aircraft being catapulted. Narrator identifies Kenneth Wilson, launch crew hold back man who is fastening the tension bar to the tail of the plane while men at the front are hooking up to the catapult shuttle. Closeup of the tension bar holding the aircraft back, while engines are set at full power. View of catapult control panel, as it is fired and the holdback bar releases. Next an F-8 of Squadron VF-11 taxis into position, and is likewise prepared for catapulting. An F-8E viewed from the front as it launches. Cables sliding back across the deck after launch where green shirts viewed through steam rising from catapults attend to them. View from cockpit of an aircraft taxiing onto the catapult. An F-8E taxied into position and readied to launch. View of pilot in cockpit. deck crew members signaling. Aircraft is launched. An E-1B propeller-driven early warning aircraft of Squadron VAW-12 taxis onto a catapult. Views of the green shirts setting its cables for catapulting. Remainder of film is a montage of catapulting from viewpoint of green shirts setting cables and aircraft launching. At end, the launches are completed (24 planes in 12 minutes) and the deck crews get a well-earned respite.
North Vietnamese documentary propaganda film. North Vietnamese gun boats firing in a river. North Vietnamese antiaircraft guns firing. Wreckage of downed U.S. Navy airplane. Captured U.S. pilot under guard by armed North Vietnamese sailor. Viet Cong firing machine guns at American aircraft. A transport plane hit by gunfire and burning in flight. Armed American soldiers running from a crashed helicopter. American MPs in a jeep pass a cyclist on city street. President Lyndon Baines Johnson; Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara; Secretary of State, Dean Rusk; U.S. Air Force General Curtis Lemay. Dean Rusk and Robert McNamara meeting with Vietnamese officials.Vietnamese man looking through periscopic binoculars. The North Vietnamese flag. Waterfront with factory on shore and Junks in the water. A manufacturing complex. Harvester in farm. Vietnamese school girls dancing in school yard. Vietnamese gun crew at an antiaircraft gun. Vietnamese Navy gun crew on deck of a gunboat. Vietcong preparing booby traps. Viet Cong escorting South Vietnamese prisoner. Vietnamese paratroops. Headlines of American newspapers saying U.S. officials urge raids against North Vietnam. Map showing U.S. attacks on Vietnam. Map highlights date 30th July 1964 and Tau Chien. U.S. aircraft carriers and task force underway at sea. Map highlights Hanoi and date 1st August 1964. Map highlights 2nd August 1964. Guns on ships fired by gun crew. Battleship underway at sea. Map highlights date 3rd August 1964. Map highlights Gulf of Tonkin and date 4th August 1964. Officials in a meeting. U.S. President Lyndon B Johnson speaks at mike. Men under a plane parked on airfield. U.S. carrier underway at sea. Map highlights date 5th August 1964. Aircraft takes off from carrier to attack North Vietnam. Vietcong fire on U.S. planes overhead. Machine guns fired. Men fire guns from North Vietnamese torpedo boat. Torpedo boats and American destroyers in fight.
U.S. destroyers of Squadron 14, depart Norfolk, Virginia for the Mediterranean, in October, 1922.
Map showing the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding countries, from the Straits of Gibralter, and East to Black Sea and Red Sea. Various sea navigation routes are depicted through the water areas. U.S. Navy Clemson class destroyer, taking on supplies in Norfolk, Virginia. Sailors carrying sacks of supplies over their shoulders from a dock onto the ship. Women seen waving at the USS Barry (DD-248) in October 1922, as she departs Hampton Roads, Virginia, for the Mediterranean, to serve with the U. S. Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters. View of USS Kane (DD-235) with sailors lined up on her foredeck. View from stern of a Squadron 14 destroyer, of the USS Hatfield (DD-231) followed by the USS Barry (DD-248). View from bridge of a destroyer, as officer looks through binoculars at five other destroyers of Squadron 14, underway in a line. Sailors on deck of destroyer practice handling of small arms and on of the ship's 5-inch guns. Sailors spin propellors on tail of a torpedo and load it into one of a battery of three launching tubes. Sailors exercise by throwing a medicine ball.View from destroyer of 5 destroyers in line, astern, the first being USS Overton (DD-239). View from a destroyer as the Squadron enters harbor at Gibralter. Sailors climbing upon concrete pier from a long boat. Buildings on steep hills of Gibralter. The USS Hatfield and the USS Gilmer (DD-233) on either side of a supply ship. Views of Destroyer Squadron 14 ships anchored, along with other warships off Constantinople (Istanbul)in the Bosphorus straits. View from a high point in Constantinople. Camera pans over city and warships in the Bosphorus.
Montage of scenes arranged to convey essence of British efforts to support Malta by ship convoys through the Mediterranean Sea during World War 2. Animated map showing Axis aircraft over the supply routes. A British convoy in the Mediterranean. A sailor scanning for German aircraft. Formation of German Dornier Do-17 bombers overhead. Glimpse in plane's cockpit. On a British ship underway, an antiaircraft gun crew takes action and fires. Insert of a German JU-88 bomber in flight. Antiaircraft gunfire downing a German plane that crashes into the sea. Inserted headon view of a German Me-109 in flight. British gunner rotates to vertical following an attacking airplane overhead (not seen). Inserted view of airplanes in a dogfight at high altitude generating contrails. An aircraft crashing into the sea. Gunners on an Allied aircraft carrier firing at German airplanes. A Junkers Ju-88 viewed from deck of a ship as it drops a bomb. A Ju-88 shot down and crashing into the sea. Supply ship arriving at Malta, passing by its fortifications. Men in small boats surround the ship, at anchor. Bags of food supplies piled up on a wharf and filling an open boat. Local people lined up on the pier and picking up supplies.
USS USS Franklin D. Roosevelt(CV-42) at sea. Air operations being carried out. Tests conducted prior to launch of U.S. Navy jet planes. Arrangements for next launch under way. Flight deck control room maintains the location and status of each plane. Several planes are seen on deck. Single plane is ready to fly.
German Navy crews aboard war ships underway in the Mediterranean sea. A boat in the sea. Sailors stand in formation on deck of a war ship. Sailors stand at the ship's rail. Sailors raise flags. Ships Underway in the Mediterranean sea. Crew raise semaphore flags to signal from ship to ship. Officers stand at the railing.