United States ships at pier in Norfolk, Virginia. A 'WTAR' TV cameraman behind his camera photographs USS Northhampton (CC-1) (formerly CLC-1) with crew manning the rail while the ship is at dock. Views of USS Northampton with crew awaiting arrival of President Kennedy and his party. Military personnel and members of press on the pier for the arrival of President of the United States John F. Kennedy at the Naval Operating Base in Norfolk. Superstructure of USS Northampton. President Kennedy goes aboard submarine USS Thomas A Edison (SSBN-610) surrounded by officers. President Kennedy in a tubular type elevator. The elevator is lowered slowly. President Kennedy disappears below decks in the special elevator. President Kennedy comes up the special elevator to the weather deck. An officer and two enlisted personnel stand near the special elevator. A U.S. Navy Piasecki HUP-3 helicopter hovers in the background over water. President Kennedy gets out of the elevator and walks over the deck. Ford Thunderbird cars on the pier.
United States ships at Norfolk, Virginia. USS Thomas A Edison and USS Northampton tied up to a pier. A mobile crane removes one of the brows from USS Northampton. The ship gets underway away from the pier with President of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy aboard it. USS Northampton backing out from the pier. A harbor tug boat moves around the bow of the USS Northampton to assist the cruiser out into a stream. USS Northampton underway in Hampton Roads after leaving the pier. Merchant ships in the background. The cruiser moves away. The sun setting in the background. A part of pier in the background.
USS Dewey at dock. Crew boards. Seamen remove gangplank. Lines cast off. Steam starts from engines. Flags on USS destroyer. USS Dewey departs from Norfolk, Virginia. Officers look towards sea. Crew watches through binoculars. The United States flag. Helmsmen watches through the binoculars. Dewey underway and deck. Seamen pull the rope. Sailor signals with light. Officials come out from cubical and talk. Seamen push the metallic part of ship, cast line and pull rope during recovery preparation.
Closeup of a freighter steaming past the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. Sailors riding on a commercial bus near the entrance to the U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia. Traffic at the road intersection.Sign identifying the base. Views of ships docked at the base. Flags flying outside the Headquarters of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT). View of the great map room inside the headquarters. Officers from various NATO countries seated for a briefing conducted by A U.S. Navy Captain circa 1954. The most senior officers, including the first SACLANT, Admiral Lynde D. McCormick, step close to the map, where he speaks to the briefing officer. Closeup of the briefing officer moving images of aircraft over the map in the vicinity of the Portuguese Azore Islands. Closeup of straits of Gibraltar and then of Brest and Cherbourg on the coast of France; the Western approaches to the British Isles; the Norwegian coast; Iceland; Northern Labrador; the whole seaboard of Canada and the United States. View of waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Glimpse back to Admiral McCormick at the briefing map and then to a partially submerged submarine moving in water of the Atlantic. Narrator mentions subs of the 1960s. U.S. nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine launches a polaris missile. Final view of briefing map.erge.
A film based on events held in different nations prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 16, 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union confronted each other with nuclear destruction. A Columbus Day Parade in the United States prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis shows girls dancing along a street and a band playing. A crowd lining up a street. Flags of the U.S. held by marching men. A crowd cheers at a baseball game between the Yankees and the San Francisco Giants. A little girl in calipers becomes the poster girl for March of Dimes (polio charity). The First Lady of the United States Jackie Kennedy with children of foreign diplomats. Fireworks in Uganda celebrating independence. A torchlight vigil held in Vatican.
Events held in the United States during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October, 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union confronted each other with nuclear destruction. U.S. President John F. Kennedy with Premier of Algeria Ahmed Ben Bella in the White House lawn in Washington DC. Aerial views of Havana, Cuba. Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro accompanies Premier Bella in Havana. A U.S. rocket is launched. A man follows the ascent through telescope. Defense department training given in fall out protection to engineers. Surveyors check every building for civil defense. A community fall out shelter being located by the surveyors. Food and water drums, medical supplies and radiological monitoring equipment are taken off assembly lines and are transported by rail to various parts of the U.S. A sign reads 'Naval Supply Center Oakland'. Forklift trucks move goods. A sign erected for a community fallout shelter. An election campaign in the United States shows Harry S. Truman making a speech at an American Legion meeting.