During WWII the effort to develop an atomic bomb seized America's imagination. In the Cold War, a new effort on par with the Manhattan Project was undertaken as America raced to deploy the Polaris ballistic missile submarines.
Featured on this DVD are eight rare films showing the construction and building of the Polaris boats, and the training of their crews. See a rare full color profile of the Navy's submarine school in New London and watch technical films of the type used to indoctrinate recruits. Other films show the development of the Polaris and Poseidon weapons systems, the christening of the SSBN USS Lafayette by First Lady Jackie Kennedy, and the role played by sub tenders with the fleet. The DVD also includes rare footage of the nuclear attack submarine USS Skate as it transits and then surfaces at the North Pole in 1958 and 1959
Digitally remastered and restored from original 16mm prints, many of these films have never been available to the public. Some have only recently been declassified. Please note: because of age and rarity of these films, image quality and sound can vary.
Run time is about 120 minutes in B+W and color. Format is NTSC DVD.