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Title:FIRST SUCCESSFUL POLARIS FIRING FROM A BRITISH SUBMARINE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 3913
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: First successful launch of a Polaris from a British submarine, HMS Resolution. The test firing took place thirty miles off Cape Kennedy, Florida, over the Atlantic Missile Test Range.
Description: LS to Resolution's temporary mast, marking the position of the submerged submarine. The Polaris breaks the surface of the water and climbs away - because of the rolling of the cameraship, the missile frequently slips out of frame. CU of Commander Frewer watching the test - he commanded Resolution's Starboard Crew, while the test was carried out by the submarine's Port Crew under the command of Commander M C Henry. CUs of US crewmen on the observing ship and one of the recording cameramen. Resolution returns to harbour and secures - she flies the flag of a Vice-Admiral, possibly that of Chief Polaris Executive, Sir Hugh Sterling Mackenzie. Also alongside is the Battle Class radar picket HMS Aisne (D.22).