U.S. submarines of the Asiatic Fleet engaged in exercises during Pacific Fleet Problem XXI, 2 April to 21 June 1940.
Pacific Ocean Date:1940, June Duration:6 min 31 sec Sound:Yes
In opening scene, the USS Sturgeon (SS-187) is seen underway for readiness training exercise cruise. It is followed by the USS Skipjack (SS-184) and the USS Seal (SS-183). Two more submarines follow. Glimpse of sailors on deck as a sub travels on the surface, and of the Captain with binoculars in conning tower. Crew member using a pelorus. Crew members below, in engine room. View through bulkhead opening of the U.S. Aircraft Carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3) underway to port. (This is probably during the Pacific Fleet Problem XXI, 2 April to 21 June 1940.) Next, the Saratoga is seen at some distance steaming and billowing black smoke. Several views of subs moving on the surface. Captain in conning tower orders crew to submerge, and horn sounds alarm. Crew members descending ladders to their respective stations below deck. View from below as the Captain descends securing the water-tight hatch behind him. Sailors shut down the diesel engines, open ballast valves, and begin descent. Views inside and from outside as the boat submerges. Captain looks through the periscope. Glimpse of view through the periscope. Target (for this Fleet Problem exercise) is an Iowa-class battleship. Sailor stands near two torpedo tubes loaded and ready. Captain at periscope. Torpedoes are fired and registered as two direct hits. Crew prepares to surface. View of the submarine bow during surfacing reveals it is the USS Stingray (SS-186) which was under command of Lieutenant Leon Nelson Blair, at that time. The crew is seen climbing up on deck to man their 3-inch,50 caliber deck gun. The gun being fired as the submarine makes way on the surface. Crew sitting down in their mess and them preparing their bunks.
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