Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
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CABLEGRAM SENT August 17, 1917.
To Opnav, Washington Ser No. 278.
Via N. C. B.
Simsadus two hundred seventy eight. Acknowledge Opnav 160. Every effort will be made to escort the ships mentioned stop With the escorting forces available preference is given in following order stop U.S. Troop convoys in U S vessels, U. S. troop convoys in British vessels, U S Army supply convoys, fast liner convoys, mercantile convoys, single valuable ships stop It may happen that an area will require all patrols withdrawn for the first duties enumerated but escorting forces if available will furnished the ships mentioned stop Very important that full data of time of arrival, route, rendezvous, speed, cargo etc be furnished Admiralty as contemplated in Opnav 116. This data not now being received 13517
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.