Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Subject Copy. File No. <16-4-14>
Cablegram Sent 15 April <14,> 1918. RES
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 6460
Prep. by CS NCT D.R.
6460. My 6430. The British Rear Admiral at Mourmansk has been instructed to take any steps he considers necessary and desirable with the forces at his disposal to protect and further Allied interest generally; to assist the repatriation of Allied subjects; and to do what he can to assist in the recovery of the Allied stores at Archangel.
He has also been told he is not to commit himself to land military operations away from the port, but subject to this restriction he may use the crews of the ships to stiffen local resistance against Germans if found practicable.
French Senior Officer has same orders.
The Admiralty consider it essential that the Allied ships at Mourmansk should be placed under the orders of the Senior Allied Commander and be instructed to cooperate with him in carrying out the above instructions. I concur and recommend accordingly. 00514. 6460.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517.