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Captain Richard H. Jackson, United States Liaison to the French Ministry of Marine, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

<February 19, 1918.>


Origin Amnavpar Paris.                     Ser. No. 1045

[Referred to] [Date]

C S1         19-2-18

25 D                     Very Secret.


1045.     Your 1322.2 Chief General Staff3 offers for immediate use three cruisers now West Indies detail to establish convoy. Preparing statement material readiness of 2 cruisers, now under repair, with complement short of crew needed for us to man them. Vessels available with French crews are GLOI<RE>, DUPETIT-THOUARS and GUEYDON probably. Will furnish complete statement of other 2 to be manned by American crews by mail.4 110129.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “11-2-5N” and “1/3/J/C.”

Footnote 1: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ Chief of Staff.

Footnote 3: Adm. Ferdinand Jean Jacques de Bon, Chief of the General Staff, French Navy.

Footnote 4: These other two vessels were MONTCAIN and CONDE. See: Sims to Opnav, 23 February 1918.

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