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Commander Joel R.Poinsett Pringle, Chief of Staff, Destroyer Flotillas, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters


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Commander      Vice Admiral Sims

J.R.P.Pringle  U.S.Embassy, London      Date- July 27-17

                                        Time- 6-10 P.M.

Conference with Gibson completed,1 Stop. Vice Admiral2 desires to know whether our ships will refit here or elsewhere, stop, This knowledge absolutely necessary in order that programme of refit may be carried through as planned, stop. Commencing Aug 8th three destroyers at a time average length refit ten days, stop. Large number ships and limited facilities here necessitate starting programme promptly, stop. Doubtfull whether Queenstown can cope with it, stop. Request immediate decision, stop

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Source Note: Cy, DNA, Entry 517, Box 7.

Footnote 1: Cmdr. Isham W. Gibson, Assistant to the Director of Naval Ordnance.

Footnote 2: VAdm. Sir Lewis Bayly, Commander, Southern Ireland. 

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