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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 Jan 18, 1918  MJK

Opnav     Washington    3042

01             COS1              25 ADR

     VERY SECRET

3042.     Your 2192.2 I concur in proposed plan. Suggest that majority of vessels at western base be tugs. Radius of chasers proves to be about 800 miles at 8 knots. Groups of chasers should be as large as practicable. Present plans contemplate sending about January 25 NOKOMIS, RAMBLER, UTOWANAM, BARNEGAT, and CONCORD to French Coast and Venetia, Nahant and Penobscot to Gibraltar. Margaret and Galatea to remain Azores and GYPSUM QUEEN to be sent home. 08318

Sims     

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “1/2/3/4.” in columnar fashion.

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

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