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Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

Chronological Copy.                             File No.

          Cablegram Received 08506 April <5, 1918.> ROC

Origin Opnav Washington                    Ser. No. 4639

     C-1  6 April

          25-ADR

Simsadus.

4639. Your 5941.1 At present there are sufficient United States cruisers available for handling the extra direct convoys every 16 days from Hampton Roads, Va. to Bay of Biscay. Commander Cruiser Force2 recommends April 21st as first sailing date your recommendation desired.3 18005. 4639.

Benson.                    

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: This cable has not been located. For additional context to the message that follows, however, see: Benson to Sims, 30 March 1918.

Footnote 2: RAdm. Albert T. Gleaves.

Footnote 3: For Sims’ response to this cable, see: Sims to Benson, 8 April 1918.

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