Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
File No. 25/9/16.
Copy of CABLEGRAM RECEIVED August <7, 1918.> 11108 JCM.
Origin Opnav, Washington.
Serial No. 9579
O-4 Aug 8
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 remain 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, RG45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the document.