Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED 07310 February
Opnav Washington. 2851
CS 10 Feb. <February 10, 1918>
2851. Your 3561. Ingeneral the broad plan suggested in that cable is approved for study and consideration, for
First, it should have the political effect of strengthening the Allies’ position in the Mediterranean Sea and
Second, it is the logical sequence to the Barrage Plan of the North Sea which effort it supplements.
The details affecting the cooperation of the United States can be taken up after the general plan is considered abroad. In general, as outlined in your cable, the the details can be said to appeal to us. Has any plan been formulated yet with regard to closing
theing the final exit for submarines, namely, the Dardanelles, Turkey. 03010.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Notation below close: “(Note:- Typed by C-2. Only two copies made, one for CS and the other for Highly Secret File via CS)”.