People are gathered on a dock for the commissioning ceremony of the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. The boat's crew stand in close formation on deck. Closeup of the name, "Nautilus" on the boat's hull. View from aft of the boat's large sail (or fin), with 571 clearly displayed on it. Closeup of persons gathered on the dock for the ceremony. officers on deck salute as three sailors hoist the American flag. Glimpse from the sail, of the sailors on deck. Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN, Captain of the USS Nautilus, is seen speaking from a podium set up on deck. The officers standing behind him include: Admiral Donald B. Duncan, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and Admiral Jerauld Wright, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Standing with them is John Jay Hopkins, founder and president of General Dynamics. Camera shifts to people standing respectfully on the dock. Next, Mr. Hopkins is seen presenting a plaque to Commander Wilkinson. Closeup of Commander Wilkinson, now standing amongst guests and spectators. The boat's company, officers and sailors standing in formation on deck of the Nautilus. Camera pans along length of the Nautilus showing vertical part of rudder and submerged stern planes. More views of visitors and spectators and of the Nautilus with crew and admirals and Mr. Hopkins. View of sailors standing by the American flag and a four-star flag for the Navy admirals aboard. Concludes with brief accidental wild footage.
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