Captain of submarine 'Triton' is given medal by Eisenhower, and ship 'France' is launched.
Item title reads - Tale of two ships.
Various shots of nuclear submarine 'Triton' sailing along in the sea. M/S interior submarine, M/S Captain Edward L. Beach and crew assembled to hold service for the first USS Triton, which was lost during World War II with all hands. The men stand to attention and the American flag is dipped slightly, various shots of the service. C/U Captain Beach saluting. Aerial shot as he is hauled aboard helicopter from submarine. M/S as he walks from helicopter towards camera. M/S photographers inside White House. M/S Captain Beach with President Dwight Eisenhower as an officer starts to read the citation. C/U Beach and Eisenhower as officer reads citation. C/U Mrs Beach looking on. C/U President Eisenhower pinning the Legion of Merit on Beach's chest.
Intertitle - 'St. Nazaire' (France) - L/S ship the 'France' in dock, it is the longest ship in the world. Various shots of the ship with people gathered around, President de Gaulle holds his hands up in triumph. M/S crowds, various shots as they knock props away. Mrs de Gaulle releases the bottle and christens the ship. Various good shots as it slides down the ramp. Various shots of the ship. M/S as chains are pulled after it acting as brake. L/S's of ship.