Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
Subject Copy. File No. <25/9/5>
Cablegram Sent 7 August 1918 RES
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 2501
Prep. by CS NCT D.R.
2501. In view of existing conditions as to field of operations of enemy submarines and probable deliveries of new destroyers and Eagle boats request Department’s estimate of number of vessels of these types that will be dispatched to European Waters for service on or before December fifteenth nineteen eighteen. Very desirable to have best estimate now possible to make in order to make preparation for allocation of these vessels and British vessels, also to make arrangements for fuel supply and repairs. 19107. 2501.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the document.