Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent. August 29, 1917
To Opnav Washington Ser.No. 397
Via NCBD 13 Prep by M.G. Apvd by Chief f S
Sent 30 aug 1010 AM Initials L.Mc.B.
Copies to C of S J.V.B. and E.C.T.
From: Commander Naval Forces European Waters
To: Operations, Navy Department Washington
397. EIGHTQUACK UNITMIKE. Following received from Jackson, Paris, Quote. Secretary Navy Washington referring to Operations 197 French Government agrees to supply for armaments of two dirigible stations five dirigibles of six thousand to seven thousand cubic metres commencing delivery January 1918. Also spare parts and Hydrogen producing plant. French Navy will forward immediately combined and detailed plans of station in operation with explanation. Our Navy Department to supply personnel, building material, equipment and erecting force. French Government will supply all seaplanes for five new stations in following order:- One Novermber, [i.e., November] One Jany, one February, One March, one April. Desirable that all equipment except for first stations in November be sent from United States including barracks, shops, tools, slips, cranes, electrical equipment, & land and water transportation. Can this be done. Unquote 01030
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B.