Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces in European Waters
Operation Orders of Force Movements, etc. Secret Routes for Vessels.
Cablegram Received. Dec. 07327 1917 EWC
Origin Opnav Washington Serial No. 1812.
1312. Your 2405. It is departments plan to send remainder of Squadron 5 to you for routing either to Gibraltar or France as need of situation demands. To that end you may effect a redistribution of Patrol Force bearing in mind weather conditions and great need of ships of cruising ability for patrol service on French Coast. 19026.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.