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Command of the Seas
Description: A United States Navy film about defending the Arctic region.
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Clip #: TFA-341A
Length: 14:50
Year: 1952
Color: Color
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: Arctic
Subject: Military
Original: 16mm
1950s, United States Navy, spinning globe, sea defense, US Navy warships, Arctic, glaciers, ice melting, ice falling off glacier, icebergs, pack ice, drift ice, US Navy experimental base near Arctic Circle, Navy expedition with scientists testing ocean water from icebreaker, icebreaker traveling through ice field, ships and personnel being tested in extreme cold weather operations, helicopter being used to scout out leads and channels through ice, icebreaker unable to push through heavy ice, explosives being used to clear path through ice, ship reaching open water and approaching harbor, landing crafts transporting crew and cargo to beach, men rolling oil and gasoline barrels off landing crafts, tractors being used to transport barrels of oil and gasoline from beach, Navy personnel talking to Ootah and his family, an Inuit guide who assisted Robert Peary’s mission to North Pole in 1909, blossoming arctic cotton plant in summer, Inuits using dog sled, cargo and specially designed tracked vehicles being loaded into Navy icebreaker, icebreaker embarking on mission to edge of Arctic Circle, icebreaker traveling through rough seas, weather balloons being used to test for upper air weather, crew on deck, lily pad ice formation, Navy submarine operations being tested, ships arriving at destination to build permanent base and airfield, cargo being unloaded onto beach, Quonset huts and portable housing being built and transported by snow tractors, Arctic grade diesel fuel barrels, oil drilling near base, Inuit people using dog sleds, airfield being kept clear of snow for weather planes, field-marking landing lights being installed, radar network protecting from enemy planes

Made in 1952, "Command of the Seas" is a series of four, full color films that document America's post-WWII Navy. Intended to promote the important role the fleet could play in Cold War conflicts (such as the recently-stalemated Korean War), the films showcase an era of growth and expansion. As new, nuclear powered submarines and angled deck aircraft carriers take to the seas, helicopters, missiles, rockets and jet fighters take to the skies.

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