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


Cablegram sent Oct. 17, 1917.

OpNav Washington    Serial No. 923.

Via: N C B 10 R:    Prep by B.A.L. Approved by C of S.1

File No. 23-9-7.

Copies to: C. of S., J.V.B., B.A.L.2

923: Opnav 694.3 Special division Commander Freeman4 will consist of APHRODITE, CORSAIR, ALCEDO, WAKIVA, NOMA and KANAWHA and will be used primarily for escort of convoys. Other yachts not suitable for this duty. Reassignment of yachts to divisions in accordance with speed, radius, and so forth will be submitted to Department for approval at an early date. 02017.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Lt. Cmdr. Byron A. Long an aide on Sims’ staff; Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ chief of staff.

Footnote 2: Twining; Cmdr. John V. Babcock, another Sims aide; and Long.

Footnote 3: This document has not been found.

Footnote 4: Cmdr. Frederic N. Freeman.

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