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

Op-45                                           19 July 1918


     Following tentative grouping and sailing U.S. troop convoys period Group 53 comma July 31 comma 7 troop transports comma speed 13 meridian 7 August period Date this group advanced because heavy congestion ports embarkation also because desire reduce size next large group period Group 54 comma August first comma Leviathan speed 20 meridian 5 August period Group 55 comma August 5th comma 4 troop transports speed 16 comma meridian 11 August period Group 56 comma August 6th comma 9 troop transports speed 12 meridian 14 August period Group 55 in above assignment consists America Orizaba Great Northern NorthernPacific comma Advantageous to split this group and sail Great Northern and Northern Pacific separately provided you can handle them period if done America Orizaba will sail 5 August meridian 11 August comma Great Northern NorthernPacific 5 August meridian 9 August period Reply soon as possible period


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

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