Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Chronological Copy. File No. <49-6-4>
Cablegram Received March <26, 1918.> 07827 LEM
Origin Opnav, Washington Ser. No. 4253
CS2 Mar 27
4253. After discussion with Commander Blakely just reported from abroad am much impressed with one feature of situation. Our touch with and assimilation of methods abroad as they apply to battleships and destroyers fairly complete and growing better every day but while considerable knowledge on material features relative to submarines has been gathered the practical operating methods including upkeep rendered necessary by actual contact with enemy have probably been absorbed by our submarines here to a smaller degree than in any other type. This is an important matter to consider both as because this present type is one of our chief reliance in defense and also because future operations may bring our submarines more prominently to the fore. Consult with Commander Hart and with other officers you may deem wise and submit any practical recommendations which you think would tend to put our home submarines more on a real fighting basis. 16026
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.