Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces Based in France
Cablegram Sent Feb. 14, 1918 MJK
To Comfran Brest. Serial No. 933
Prep. by O1 SX D.R.
933. The following cable received Quote Department gratified at reduced total time for round trip of USS MOUNT VERNON and USS AGAME<M>NON. Report indicates these vessels were discharged and ready for sea 3 days after arrival Brest but they were delayed 3 more days awaiting destroyer escort.
It is of utmost importance that every possible step be taken to reduce delay of troop transports to absolute minimum. Commander Naval Forces France and Commander Naval Forces European Waters should cooperate with Commanding Officer of transports and officer detailed as district Commanders in France so as to anticipate date of Departure and insure destroyer escort being ready to take vessels to sea as soon as possible after ready to depart. Benson. Unquote. 02014
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.