Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Cablegram Received April <25, 1918.> 08726 RES
Origin Opnav Washington Serial No. 5366
Ref’d to Date Action, Notes and Initials.
Cabled, Dume and Opnav April 28 NCs sx Cable sent Azores asking for statement last sentence.
5366. Your 6926. It has not been the intention thus far to equip tugs assigned eventually your forces with mine sweeping gear. The present plan occurred by you is to use these tugs to expedite the chaser movement across seas. 2 tugs however will be fitted for mine sweeping and they can be assigned Azores Island later. Do you desire other so fitted. Your 6890. Statement from Admiral Dunn requested giving number of additional marines needed to carry out terms agreed. 20025. 6926.
N.B. “Marines” comes clear
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “File No. 25-9-3.”