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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters to Rear Admiral Joseph Strauss, Commander, United States Mine Force

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Date 14 July 18

Time 1200

 

S.-1320c.           NAVAL SIGNAL.

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     SIMSADUS.

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       C. M.F.

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395. REFERENCE YOUR LETTER 25 – S 11 July1 QUOTING TELEGRAM FROM COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF2 DIRECTING THAT NO MINES BE LAID AT PRESENT WEST OF MERIDIAN OF GREENWICH. INQUIRIES AT ADMIRALTY ELICTS THE FACT THAT THE ORDER WAS NOT ISSUED WITH KNOWLEDGE ADMIRALTY AND OFFICIALS THERE DO NOT AT PRESENT SEE NECESSITY FOR THE PROHIBITION. FIRST SEA LORD3 IS NOW IN THE NORTH AND ON HIS RETURN THE MATTER WILL BE TAKEN UP FOR DECISION. MEANWHILE AND PENDING FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS OF COURSE COMPLY WITH COMMANDER-IN-CHIEFS ORDERS.

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       SIMS

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

Footnote 2: Adm. Sir David Beatty, Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet.

Footnote 3: Adm. Sir Rosslyn Wemyss.

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