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


     File No. 49-8-3    

Cablegram Sent April 23, 1918.  TOH

To Opnav. Washington,         Serial No. 6926

Prep. by C-2                       D.R. NCT1


6926. My 4137.2 Recommend that two tugs for Azores be fitted for mine sweeping. Rear Admiral Dunn3 has requested mine sweepers owing to possibility of mines being laid near entrance Ponta del Gada. There is no specific information indicating any such enemt<y>  intention, but it is considered to be a wise prec<au>tion to furnish mine sweepers as soon as practicable.4



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

Footnote 1: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ Chief of Staff.

Footnote 2: This cable has not been found.

Footnote 3: RAdm. Herbert O. Dunn, Commander, Azores Detachment, Atlantic Fleet.

Footnote 4: For the reply from Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, see: Benson to Dunn, 25 April 1918.