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

CABLEGRAM SENT April 25, 1918.     TOH1

To Opnav, Washington.              Ser. No. 6992

Prep. by O-1             SX

29 ARD             

6992.     There are now five destroyers damaged by collision or otherwise and under repair in addition to those overhauling.2 To provide adequate protection for the increased flow of troops recommend that sailing of U.S.S. PATTERSON for United States be delayed a few weeks until completion of one of the damaged destroyers. Material condition of PATTERSON will permit of delay.

6992           Sims      22525

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Initials of transcriber.

Footnote 2: For more on destroyer collisions and reapir problems, see: Sims to Joel R. Poinsett Pringle, 24 April 1918.

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