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


To Opnav Washington               Ser. No. 426

Prep. by O-1        SX

                             32 ARD


426 Your 7959.1 All transports are given routes in force but there has been difficulty getting reports from French authorities. It was proposed that reports of all vessels sailing from United Kingdom and France together with approach routes assigned should be made to Admiralty for transmission daily to Department. Reports from Gibraltar and other centers are mo <to> be made direct to Department daily. So far as known system is being followed except that reports by French authorities are not complete. Attention of Ministry of Marine was invited to this several days ago. Until the matter is straightened out I will keep Department informed of routes assigned troop transports. <07501.> 426


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identification numbers “C/J/3/5” appear in the upper-right corner.

Footnote 1: See: Benson to Sims, 30 June 1918.

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