United States Navy officers and sailors aboard USS Nautilus SSN-571 soon after the submarine's commissioning
United States USA Date:1954 Duration:56 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Trial runs of the nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus (SSN 571). Film opens showing Admiral Robert B. Carney, Chief of Naval Operations, and Admiral William Fechteler, former CNO, shaking hands with the boat's crew. Closeup of special USS Nautilus patch on jacket pocket of a crew member. Next, the admirals pose on deck, in closeup with Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN, Captain of the USS Nautilus. Scene shifts to view of the Nautilus with some crew standing on deck, as it moves on the surface of smooth waters, setting up a graceful bow wave. Camera pans as the Nautilus passes. Next, navy sailor is seen closing a deck hatch. View from above of Nautilus beginning to submerge. Crew member descending stairs inside. Commander Wilkinson briefing the admirals, while standing near the helmsman. Plaque seen mounted in the Nautilus noting it as the 6th ship of the fleet to bear the name, and displaying other information. View of officers partaking a meal in the officers' mess. Similar view of sailors in the enlisted mess. View from desk of wake behind the Nautilus as it makes way on the surface. Glimpse of sailors at duty stations, including helmsman, and others. One tilts backwards, while standing, as the boat changes attitude. View of the boat making way slowly on surface in calm waters.
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