Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Cablegram Received August 11 1917
Origin Opnav, Washington Ser. No. 9579
9579 – Your 2260. Present conditions render it inadvisable to send any submarine chasers abroad in excess of the 144 already allotted before next spring. It is planned to allocate 36 EAGLE boats to Stations abroad at that time if they can be used there to advantage. Of the 144 submarine chasers previously allotted 41 remaining in home waters will be sent abroad as soon as the submarine chasers assigned Naval Districts can be properly equipped and organized for hunting out areas adjacent to our coast 21007 9579
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Although the original document does not indicate the date this cablegram was sent (only the receipt date printed here), later emendations done in pencil identify the origin date of this cable as 7 August 1917, which is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the document.