Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
<August 12, 1918>
13 August 1918 RES SMT
Opnav Washington 9758
O-1 13 Aug
9758. USS ALERT, USS FULTON, USS AL-5 USS AL-6 USSAL-7 USS AL-8 sailing for Base 13 bout 15 September. On or about 1 October and as towing convoy is available return USS E-1 USS K-1 USSK-2 and USS K-6 with all spare parts to United States. Destination USS E-1 is Base 22 and for the others is Philadelphia Pa., to receive new engines. Portuguese Government has authorized Station Ships for Horta. Do you wish Station USS TONOPAH there when relieved from submarines 11012. 9758
3 AM 13 August 1918.
N.B. “Sailing for” and “USS K-6” come garbled.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “3/C/N/J.” handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp.