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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

26 February 1918 ROC1

Opnav Washington                                    4433

     CS                    NCT2


4433. Owing to urgent need for additional units in these waters for anti-submarine work, it is recommended that the Department disapprove any alterations in design or construction of vessels now building whenever such alterations would involve delayed completion of vessels, excepting such changes as may be necessary to insure strength of hull and reliability of machinery. Minor alterations if absolutely necessary, can be made on this side.3 18326.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Initials of the transcriber/decoder.

Footnote 2: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ Chief of Staff (“CS”).

Footnote 3: In a cable of 1 March, Benson approved this policy. Ibid.

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