Nuclear Sub USS Skate, First to Surface at North Pole, Makes Second Arctic Voyage

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General Information

Source:
NBC News
Creator:
Ed Herlihy
Event Date:
03/1959
Air/Publish Date:
03/1959
Resource Type:
Video Newsreel
Copyright:
n/a
Copyright Date:
1959
Clip Length:
00:01:18

Description

This 1959 Universal newsreel uses Department of Defense footage to report on the second arctic voyage of the USS Skate, a nuclear submarine that was the first sub to break through the ice surface at the North Pole.

Citation

MLA

"Nuclear Sub USS Skate, First to Surface at North Pole, Makes Second Arctic Voyage." Ed Herlihy, correspondent. NBC News. 1 Jan. 1959. NBC Learn. Web. 17 January 2015.

APA

Herlihy, E. (Reporter). (1959, January 1). Nuclear Sub USS Skate, First to Surface at North Pole, Makes Second Arctic Voyage. [Television series episode]. NBC News. Retrieved from https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=41751

CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE

"Nuclear Sub USS Skate, First to Surface at North Pole, Makes Second Arctic Voyage" NBC News, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 03/1959. Accessed Sat Jan 17 2015 from NBC Learn: https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=41751

Transcript

Nuclear Sub USS Skate, First to Surface at North Pole, Makes Second Arctic Voyage

ED HERLIHY, reporting:

USS Skate heads north on another epic cruise into the strange underseas realm first opened up by our nuclear submarines. Last year, the Skate and her sister-sub Nautilus both cruised under the Arctic ice to the Pole. Then, conditions were most favorable. The Skate’s job is to see if it can be done when the Arctic winter is at its worst, with high winds pushing the floes into motion and the ice as thick as twenty-five feet.

Ten times she is able to surface. Once, at the North Pole, where crewmen performed a mission of sentiment, scattering the ashes of polar explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins. In 1931, he was the first to attempt a submarine cruise to the Pole. Now, the Skate’s twelve-day three thousand mile voyage under the ice, shown in Defense Department films, demonstrates that missile-carrying nuclear subs could lurk under the Polar Ice Cap, safe from attack, to emerge at will, and fire off H-bomb missiles to any target on Earth.

A powerful, retaliatory weapon for America’s defense.