Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Vice Admiral Henry T. Mayo, Commander, Atlantic Fleet

FLEET FLAGSHIP

TRANSLATION OF CODE DESPATCH

Prefix

Origin

No.

Operator

Check

Filing Date

Radio

Navy

OPNAV

 

Sndg.

Recg.

113

Govt. 7-6-18.

 

 

WG

VIA Washington Broadcast HOKEV-G

C-in-C

Mission of force under command of USS JOUETT1 is to gain and maintain touch with enemy submarine operating off this coast with object first of destroying him and second failing that to track enemy to his base of suppliesin Western Atlantic period to that end follow him to the full extent of your resources use your own initiative depending upon contact made and information furnished you by the Department. Call on District Commandant2 for any assistance within their power.USS CHESTNUT HILLat Bermuda Islands is assigned you to handle logistic needs. direct her proceedto point desired. USS ARETHUSA will also be assigned upon arrival if necessary. Sent to USS JOUETT for action to CINC and Commandant District for information 23006.    12 45 am.

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

Footnote 1: Lt. Cmdr. John K. Richards Jr. commanded the JOUETT during its patrols on the east coast of the United States.

Footnote 2: District commandant in this case refers to the local District Commandants in the area of JOUETT’s operation, between Halifax and Norfolk. There were five naval districts in that area.

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