Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED August <5, 1918,> 08006 AHI
Origin Opnav Washington (Secnav) Ser.No. 9468.
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CS 7 August N.C.T.
31 ARD. S E C R E T.
9468.Referring to your letter CS-24024 July 4 regarding Admiralissimo Mediterranean Sea following letter from the State Department quoted for your information and action QUOTE I beg to acknowledge receipt of your secret letter July 25 transmitting certain correspondence concerning the appointment of an Admiral-issimo in the Mediterranean Sea. You express the view in the opinion of the Navy Department a unity of naval command in the Mediterranean Sea during the war is just as essential as is the unity of military command on the Western Front to which we have already agreed and inquire whether the fore-going is consistent with the policy of the Department of State. In reply I desire to inform you that this department shares your view and is glad to note that you are ready to instruct Vice Admiral Sims to give his support to the proposal that the allied governments agree upon a single naval commander for the force in the Mediterranean Sea.
In accordance with your suggestion I am advising the United States Ambassador at Rome, Italy that this Government is in entire agreement with the British and French governments that the naval force operating in the Mediterranean Sea should be under the command of a single Admiralissimo. 10005. 9468.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “1/5/J.”