First Sea Lord Admiral Sir John R. Jellico, R.N., to Commodore Guy R. Gaunt, R.N., British Naval Attaché in Washington, D.C.
TROOP IN MERCANTILE CONVOYS FROM HALIFAX
To. Commodore Gaunt 620. Date 17.12.17.
C. in C. N.A. & W.I. 290 Sent 2240
For Chief of Naval Operations.
We are anxious to provide more effective protection for troop convoys from Halifax against possible enemy surface vessels
of <or> raiders of Light Cruiser type.
We propose utilize KING ALFRED for this purpose and possibly LEVIATHAN but this will exhaust our resources and I venture to suggest that as American troops are concerned U. S. Naval Authorities may be disposed to detail four pre-dreadnought Battleships for this duty.
Estimate such vessels can do journey to destroyer rendezvous and back without coaling round journey occupying about fortnight at sea.
Address to Commodore Gaunt repeated to C. in C. North American & West Indies. 2265
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Addressed below close: “C.N.S.[Chief of Naval Staff Sir Rosslyn E. Wemyss]/Naval Asst. to C.N.S./D.1st Sea Lord. [Deputy First Sea Lord RAdm. George P.W. Hope]/A.C.N.S. [Assistant Chief of Naval Staff RAdm. Alexander L. Duff]/D.O.D. [Director, Operations Division Capt. A.D.P. Pound]/Cdr. [John V.] Babcock (for Admiral [William S.] Sims).” Document indicates: “6 Copies/5/0.”