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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

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CABLEGRAM SENT Dec 18, 1917. MJK

To Opnav, Washington                       Serial No. 2238

Prep. by           BAL           COS1    D.R.

18 ADR       

Very Secret            

2238. Your 1628.2 Sailing should be delayed sufficiently so that group will pass rendezvous at least 8 days after previous group. Work is at present organized to escort mercantile convoys and to meet one troop convoy every 8 days. Every effort should be made to have these groups pass the rendezvous on schedule. Delays in arriving at rendezvous wastes effective use of escorts in both bases and embarrasses meeting following convoy. 17518

Sims.        

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Cmdr. Byron A. Long, one of Sims’ aides and the officer in charge of convoying operations, and Sims' Chief of Staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining.

Footnote 2: This document has not been located.

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