This film, REPORT OF THE NAVY tracks two years of the Navy’s progress (1:03) in the post-WWII era. In October 1952, a fleet from Norfolk, Virginia heads for Scotland (1:16) for operation Mainbrace (1:30). It will test NATO’s ability to operate under a common command for a common purpose. The fleet of 160 consisted of carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, tankers and supply ships (1:52). After preparations the first part commences (2:30). This will be air support for ground forces defending Norway (2:45) and the fleet engages the enemy at sea (2:49). After the fleet moves south for an amphibious landing for the theoretically beleaguered Danish forces (3:14). The exercise has shown their ability to work together, but also flaws which will be corrected for the following year (3:59). Another part of the exercise is continuing in the Mediterranean (4:24) and the ships presence became a powerful deterrence for aggression. These operations of the Sixth fleet would not have been possible without the aide of the Navy as it’s in constant motion and without a base (5:01). A map is shown depicting American installments of overseas supply base air stations (5:14). In the year, the Navy transported thousands of men from all services to Europe, Japan, Korea, Africa and the Arctic (5:31). Cargo ships carried goods to fighting ships and transported cargo at sea even in rough weather (6:11). The Navy was employed maintence of isolated weather stations and air bases in polar regions (6:19). These convoys required assistance from the Navy's thirty ice breakers (6:35). In Korea they were engaged in warfare against Communist invaders (7:22). The mission was to cut lines of communication and support (7:50) and jet fighters targeted bridges, tunnels and trucks (8:14). Propeller planes were better suited for close support than jets and backed up ground forces (8:27). UN and Marine Corps soldiers fought together until the war ran it’s course (8:88).Helicopters were introduced in combat delivering troops into action and providing quick transport for injured (9:19). In the spring of 1953, the Navy released a destroyer division (9:51) and as troops returned, America was rearming and retraining (10:45). It became a force of 750,000 men as well as 1,100 ships (11:06). The Naval Academy in Annapolis and NROTC units trained thousands of men in the Navy and the Reserves (11:41). Ships were also added and research enabled modification of some and redesign of others (12:23). The USS Forrestal continued to progress and work began on one of it's sister ships (12:30). On the USS Antietam, steam catapults, large fuel tanks and an angled flight deck had been installed (12:50). In 1953, the Destroyer Leader was added as a task force command ship (13:54). The submarine Nautilus was launched in 1954 and powered by atomic energy (14:15). Prominent men from business and industry were invited to the 10th Annual Civilian Orientation Cruise and were able to see the products of the work in action (14:51). At air shows, civilians admired the performance and skill of Naval Aircraft (15:00). At test centers, experienced pilots put new planes through trails (15:41). Examples of such are the Skyray (15:56) and the Sea Dart (16:07). In California at the Naval Ordinance Test Center, experts designed weapons, missiles and launchers (16:54) most of which would be classified (17:15). The Navy welcomed a new Commander in Chief and a new Chief of Naval Operations (17:34). In the end 50,000 men completed training and 160 vessels were launched (17:55).
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