Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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.

                                      42 ADR

CONFIDENTIAL

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.

Sims          

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the document.

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