Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
DISPATCH TO BE SENT.
Date: July 2nd, 1918.
Prep. by: CS. Approved NCT Code 46 ARD. No. Simben 11.
Simben 11. Referring to your Simben 3. All possible measures will be taken to gain information of prospective and actual movements of enemy vessels. Grand Fleet and other British vessels and United States vessels in these waters will be prepared to act within the limits of their capabilities. Notwithstanding all that may be done it is impossible to guarantee that enemy battle cruisers will not gain the high seas, and it is, therefore, apparent that battleship escorts for convoys constitute their only real safeguard. Attention invited to Planning Section Memorandum number twenty-six forwarded with letter number two one nine six nine June twentieth. 17002.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identifiers “3/H/C/J” appear in the upper-right corner.