Film opens with aerial view of a U.S. Navy submarine squadron of the Asiatic Fleet, afloat, with approximately 20 submarines clustered alongside their tender, USS Holland (AS-3). Views from a small boat (unseen) circling the boats show the Hollsnd, from near the USS Shark (SS-174). Camera boat moves past submarine numbered P7 and the USS S-29 (SS-134) docked next to it. View on from deck of the tender shows submarines clustered around her. Sailors work on her lines, as they stand near one of her 5-inch guns. views of machine shop aboard the tender, showing sailors at work. One is machining a part on a lathe. Another is working on a saltwater depth guage. Sailors placing torpedoes into the tender's storage vaults. Scene shifts to sailors holding line on a diver under water doing repair work on the tender. Sailors placing supplies aboard the USS Permit (SS-178) as it prepares for a practice diving cruise. The USS Plunger (SS-179) is seen next to it. Submarines: USS Pickerel (SS-177), USS Salmon (SS-182),USS Seal (SS-183), and USS Pollack (SS-180), are also seen. The USS Permit moves to get underway. Several boats are seen maneuvering, including the USS Skipjack (SS-184) and the USS Sturgeon (SS-187).
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii during World War II. Destroyer USS Shaw's forward magazines explode in a large fireball. USS California after oil fire drifts clear. USS Blue heads down a channel past burning oil fires for sea. Capsized USS Oglala sunken in the foreground. USS Shaw burns in the background. A Japanese aircraft overhead is fired on. Heavy flak in the air. A shrapnel falls in water just off 1010 dock. Battleships in the background. A row of battleships shows USS Maryland, USS Oklahoma, USS Tennessee, USS West Virginia and USS Arizona. USS California settling in water.
Scenes from Task Force of U.S.Naval warships en route for the invasion of Sicily in World War 2, as filmed from the destroyer USS Nelson, DD-623. Fueling operations between the fleet oiler USS Chemung, AO-30, the destroyer USS Nelson, DD-623 and an unknown Baltimore Class light cruiser. The crew of the USS Nelson cast off from the USS Chemung. A signalman controls a signal light as the USS Nelson pulls ahead of the USS Chemung. Port side of the attack transport USS William P. Biddle, APA-8, with more of the convoy in the background. Stern and port side of the attack transport USS Susan B. Anthony, AP-72. On the USS Nelson, DD-632, looking aft at the starboard dual mounted 40-mm bofors anti-aircraft gun and number three turret for a 5"/38 dual purpose gun. On the USS Nelson, DD-632, looking aft at the fan-tail and depth-charge racks. Crew members washing clothes, sunning, relaxing and with two on watch with sound-powered phones.
Several American Destroyers (DD) underway in the during a Presidential Fleet Review as seen from USS North Hampton (CLC-1) with the President on board (not seen). The review line of destroyers includes, USS John Paul Jones (DD-932), USS Rooks (DD-804), USS Miller (DD-535), USS Hood (DD-655),USS Remely (DD-688), USS Barton (DD-722), USS Newman K Perry, USS Putnam (DD-757), USS Hanley (DD-762) and USS Willard Keith (DD-775).
Activities aboard a ship docked at Philadelphia Naval Base in Philadelphia. Ships in Reserve Fleet Basin. USS Brooklyn (CL-40) light cruiser in the foreground. Stern view of USS Brooklyn and USS Nashville (CL-43). Ships tied side by side. United States and Chile Naval officials with State Department representatives on deck of USS Brooklyn. Navy band plays. American flag lowered and the Chilean Flag is raised aboard the USS Brooklyn. Chilean flag raised aboard the USS Nashville. United States Navy Rear Admiral Roscoe E Schuirmann hands ships papers to Chilean Ambassador Felix Nieto Del Rio. Chilean flag fly at masts of the USS Nashville and USS Brooklyn. Chilean officers inspect. Ambassador Del Rio and Vice Admiral of the Chilean Navy, Immanuel Holger come up gangway of USS Brooklyn. Rear Admiral Schuirmann greets them. Yni Louis Rivas Voisin and Yoeman Felix Labbe of the Chilean Navy raise flag aboard USS Brooklyn.
USS Hanson (DD-832) and USS Mansfield (DD-728) during Operation Sea Dragon in Vietnam. A 0-1A type spotter plane flying in sky to spot enemy batteries for USS Hanson and USS Mansfield. A signalman sends light message by flashing light. USS Mansfield underway in water in a zigzag path. USS Hanson far off in background of USS Mansfield. A crewman stands by the life-line wearing his flak-jacket and helmet. Firing from a 5-inch mount. USS Hanson also firing its 5-inch mount. Shoreline in far background. DD-832 fires. USS Mansfield fires as USS Hanson is seen in far background.