Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
13 Jan 1918
VICE ADMIRAL SIMS,
OPNAV 2172, Our 1860 Your 2550 Following received from USS SOUTH DAKOTA sailing from Halifax with convoy January 12 quote USS SOUTH DAKOTA sailed destination Liverpool arrive J<a>nuary 24 unquote Our understanding is that our escorting cruisers will return to United States after leaving convoy unless raider is present period There is evident misunderstanding on part of routing officer Halifax period Please arrange with admiralty and if practicable have USS SOUTH DAKOTA directed to return when falling in with Eastern light escort period We furnished armored cruisers capable of such a policy purposely to avoid coaling other side comma unnecessary crossing danger zone and unnecessary waste of time 13013. OPNAV.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. At the bottom of this copy is a note: “COPY/CCF.” CCF may have been Cmdr. Christopher C. Fewel, aide to the commandant of the Norfolk Navy Yard.