Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral William H. H. Bullard, Commanding Officer, United States Forces Based at Malta
File No. 25-9-16 E
CABLEGRAM SENT. October
Amata, Malta. Serial No. 6
CS NCT SX
6 Nelson at Corfu has been instructed to neith<er> seek nor accept orders looking to the removal of his forces from Corfu to any other base or to employment other than as a part of the mobile barrage in the Straits of Otranto. This is communicated for your information in case enquiry should be made of you as to our policy. I am informed that Admiralty has made plans for abandonment of the Otranto mobile barrage but that these are to become effective only in case Austria drops out of the war. Temporary removal of certain units is due to a need for them in connection with land operations at Kavala. 180523 6
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 415. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the cable.