Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
07302 February <1, 1918.>
Opnav, Washington Serial No. 2649
2649. Your 3481. Commander Cruiser Force has been directed to instruct Commanding Officers of transports to anticipate date of departure in order that no time may be lost in providing escort. As Senior Officer present in European Waters you are empowered to issue any necessary instructions to transports that may facilitate execution of their duty while they are in waters under your command. 20001.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. At the top of the document appears the following identification: “11-5-15”.