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

Chronological Copy.                         File No. <30/13/1>

          Cablegram Received  June <17,1918.> 69018    RES

Origin Opnav, Washington                    Ser. No. 7386

       C-1     19 June

          33 ADR

Simsadus.

7396. 9423.1 Department concedes to Admiralty’s view regarding communications between owners and masters of United States Merchant Vessels in West Atlantic. However Department intends to permit necessary communications in Pacific between United States Vessels and Station until enemy activity occur<r>ing that locality unexpected no press reports will be sent on 600-meter wave length. Now believe not necessary show owners name as separate column in lists of commercial call signs except when 2 or more vessels have same name.

     British Admiralty apparently under misapprehension regards adoption British Radio Proceedure throughout U. S. Navy. Department has no intention abolish use United States Naval Radio Proceedure throughout our service but intends instruct United States operators British Proceedure.

     My letter S-198 May 18th2 contained full information regarding Inter-Allied Signals Conference am<e>nding letters according this dispatch. 19017. 7386.

Benson                 

|fn1:See: Sims to Benson, 12 June 1918.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The time-date code at the end of this document confirms the handwritten date at the top.

Footnote 2: This document has not been located.

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