Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Captain Richard H. Jackson, United States Naval Representative in Paris
CABLEGRAM SENT Dec. 31, 1917. ECH
To Jackson, Marine, Paris. Serial No. 866
Prep. by C. S. NCT D.R.
866. Urgent. The French Naval Attache states Ministry contemplating possible dispatch of decoy vessel under escort of submarine to Azores. Ascertain reason for proposed move and remind ministry on diplomatic manner that at the Naval Conference held in London September fourth and fifth it was agreed that United States would operate in Azores. Believe it is not desirable that any submarines other than United States should be at Azores. Fear complications and trouble with possible <repetition> of NAHMA incident if French submarines sent to Azores. 17331
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identifying marks appear at the top of the page: “1/4/C/N/J”.