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Admiral Henry T. Mayo, Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations


Cablegram Sent      August 29, 1917.

To: OPNAV, WASHINGTON                  Serial No. 392.

Via:  N C B R                          Prep. by: Lt. Noyes

                                File No 55-3-1   

Copies to : C of S., J.V.B., Lt. Noyes1

From: Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet.

To  : Chief Naval Operations.

392. Following message sent by Admiral Jellicoe2 to French comma Italian and Russian ministries of Marine quote following subjects for Naval conference comma first comma question of offensive operations against enemy fleet or bases comma second manner in which United States Navy can best cooperate with Allies for successful prosecution of war comma third measure necessary deal enemy submarine cruisers with large radius action comma fourth measure necessary for establishing convoy system all waters frequented by enemy submarines also provision necessary vessels comma fifth offensive measures against enemy submarines unquote,3


Source Note: Cy, RG 45, Entry 517B. Notation in upper left-hand corner: “Subject Copy.” Identifying number in upper right-hand corner: “S 453” and in columnar fashion: "1/3/C/N.”

Footnote 1: Sims' Chief of Staff Capt. Nathan C. Twining; Sims’ aide, Cmdr. John V. Babcock; and Lt. Leigh Noyes, Communications Officer, Atlantic Fleet.

Footnote 2: First Sea Lord Adm. Sir John R. Jellicoe.

Footnote 3: The conference was held from 4 to 6 September 1917. For Mayo's report on the determinations of the conference, see: Mayo to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 6 September 1917.

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