Man and the FBM
The US Navy deploys its 1st Polaris Ballistic Missile Subs (1960)

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USS George Washington (SSBN-598) –the lead ship of US Navy's first class of Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines - was the first operational nuclear-powered strategic multi-missile under water launch capable submarine in the World. With 16 Polaris A-1 missiles which had a range of 1,000 miles it entered service in December 1959 and conducted the first active patrol November 1960-January 1961. This fascinating film shows the story in graphic detail of the development, construction, testing and deployment of both the revolutionary new subs and their missiles. New technologies like nuclear propulsion, rockets, subsurface firing, inertial guidance systems, advanced fire control and communications & computer systems had to be taught to a generation of submariners in a remarkably short time. You'll see the the USS Compass Island used tor navigation training; Operation Sky Catch using a net to catch test launched Polaris missiles; the USS Observation Island used to train crews in live missile launches; intensive training at the Nuclear Power School in New London CON; Polaris rocket motor testing; the George Washington commissioning ceremony, as well as the construction, launch and shake down cruise of the USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), with extensive interior shots of the sub's advanced systems and crew members going about their daily duties all across the boat

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