Film opens with brief glimpse of Commmander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN, Captain of the USS Nautilus, as he walks on a dock at the Electric Boat yard, Groton, Connecticut. He crosses a gangplank to the submarine. Next, Admiral Jerauld Wright, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, is seen walking along the dock at the head of a loose formation of officers and sailors. Beside him is John Jay Hopkins, founder and president of General Dynamics Corporation. As they walk close by the camera, and turn, Admiral Donald B. Duncan, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, is seen immediately behind them. Scene shifts to deck of the Nautilus, where Commander Wilkinson is standing at a podium with senior officers and Mr. Hopkins behind him. They all salute as several sailors prepare to raise an American flag (not yet seen) on a mast attached to the Nautilus Sail. Two men are seen from the back of a high platform forward of the submarine, as they look down over a railing at persons assembled on the Nautilus deck. More views, from various vantage points, of the Nautilus crew members on deck and of the relatives, friends and spectators on the dock. A large number of families and others, many seated on chairs set out for the occasion. They mingle and socialize. Sailors have not yet been dismissed and remain in a tight formation on the deck of the Nautilus.
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