Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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

     33 ADR

SECRET

Simsadus.

9758. USS ALERT, USS FULTON, USS AL-5 USS AL-6 USSAL-7 USS AL-8 sailing for Base 131 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 222 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

Benson                  

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.

Footnote 1: Base 13 in Ponta del Gada, Azores. For more on submarines problems, see: Sims to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 24 July 1918.

Footnote 2: Base 22 in New London, Connecticut.