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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

Chronological Copy.                         File No. <40/31/2>

Cablegram Sent           February 27 1918        

Origin Opnav Washington                      Serial No. 4488 LEM

Prep. by R1                   ECT1     D.R.

4488. Your 1669.2 Admiralty now state their Scottish Yards can make any necessary repairs [to] our mine carriers and mine planters North barrage. BRIDGEPORT consequently not needed that duty but much needed French Coast to release PANTHER for return to Azores where need for services or repair ship is marked. Request her departure be expedited.3 Please inform me approximate date she may be expected. <19527.>

Sims.                   

 

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

Footnote 1: “ECT” was Pay Inspector Eugene C. Tobey who was part of the Material Section of Sims’ staff.

Footnote 2: This document has not been located. For more information on sending additional repair vessels, see: William S. Benson to Sims, 31 January 1918.

Footnote 3: The tender BRIDGEPORT was, as Sims suggested, based at Brest; however, the destroyer tender and repair ship PANTHER was not sent to Azores but remained on the French coast at Rochefort. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List, Showing the United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters (London, Harrison and Sons, 1918), 64, 79.