Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Admiral Sir Alexander E. Bethell, R.N., Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth Station, to Commander Theodore G. Ellyson, U.S. Navy Base, Plymouth.

No. 1.

FROM COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, PLYMOUTH STATION

29th June 1918.

To  THE COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.NAVAL BASE, PLYMOUTH.

No.0221.

ORDERS FOR UNITED STATES SUBMARINE CHASERS OPERATING

FROM PLYMOUTH.

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     1.  The Submarine Chasers will be used primarily for hunting submarines rather than for patrolling an area, and every effort will be made to close the known or approximate position of a submarine however this information may be obtained.

     2.  The regular area of operations will be between Start Point and the vicinity of the Lizard (Meridian of 5°20' W.), and each of these two points should ordinarily be covered by a Submarine Chaser Group.

     3.   The Groups will not cross Meridian 3°38' W. or 5°20' W, unless specially ordered or unless the hunt of a submarine carries them over.

     4.  As many Groups as possible will be kept at sea or in “Stand-by” status in harbour, depending upon submarine activity, weather, etc.

     5.  The following ports offer good refuge for Chasers, and depth charges and petrol may be obtained, except at Salcombe:-

Salcombe,

Plymouth,

Falmouth,

Penzance.

     6.  It is requested that you report in Land Cypher Code by telephone daily at 8.00 p.m. to Mount Wise :-

(a) Which Groups are at sea and their approximate location.

          (b) Which Groups are in “Stand-by” status and where.

          (c) Which Groups are resting.

AlEBethell

ADMIRAL.

Source Note: TDS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 340. It is not known who commanded at the American base at Plymouth at the time of these orders, but Cmdr. Ellyson commanded the detachment of thirty-six submarine chasers based there. These orders are stamped “SECRET.”

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