Rear Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Destroyers Operating from British Bases, to Commander Joseph K. Taussig, Commander, Eighth Destroyer Division
U.S. Destroyer Forces
29 April 1917
Operation Order No. 1.
1. Enemy submarines operating against Allied commerce in increasing numbers.
2. This force cooperate with, and operate under, direct command Vice Admiral Commanding British forces based on Queenstown.
3. Keep U.S. Destroyer Force Commander informed periodically of military service performed.
Eliminate all official usual routine correspondence and reports which interfere in any way with efficient military service.
Give particular heed to physical condition of personnel.
4. In absence [of] U.S. Supply Vessels obtain necessary supplies and repairs by direct request on British Headquarters, Queenstown, details and accounting to be arranged upon arrival U.S. Supply Officer.
5. Forward official mail via British official routes. Use U.S. Service Radio Code for Code messages to Force Commander.
Wm. S. Sims
Rear Admiral, U.S.N.
Commanding U.S. Destroyer Force
Source Note: Cy, RNW, Joseph K. Taussig Papers, Mss. Coll. 97, Naval Historical Collection, Diary, entry of 7 May 1917. Following the order is a list of all those to whom copies of the order were sent. It reads: “Original to/Commander of the Des. Div./Copies to all vessels and/Secretary of Navy (Operations)/Vice Admiral Commanding Queenstown/First Sea Lord, Admiralty [Vice Adm. Sir John R. Jellicoe]/U.S. Naval Attachés, London & Paris [Capt. William D. MacDonald and Lt. Cmdr. William R. Sayles]/J.V. Babcock/Lt. Comdr., Aide.”