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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

Action Copy.                               File No. <25-4-15>

      Cablegram Received    March <16, 1918> 01017   LEM

Origin Opnav Washington                     Ser. No. 3931

Ref’d. to




Mar 17

SX  C-1 see about getting codes & Look up


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    number of ships, probably 4 destroyers &

    2 light cruisers

Admiralty handling ECT March 16-19181

  21 ADR



3931.  Following received from Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet2 QUOTE It is stated by Rear Admiral Frontin3 that the present intention is to leave for Gibraltar with division the early part April. For these vessels I suggest all codes and instructions be prepared ready for issue to them on arrival at that place. The character of co-operation of this division with our force will have a far reaching effect in relations between the two navies and in international relations UNQUOTE. 09016  3931


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date, which is handwritten, is confirmed by the time stamp “09016” at the end of the copy.

Footnote 1: “CS” was Sims’ Chief of Staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining; “C-1” referred to the Communications Section of Sims' staff; “ECT” was Paymaster Eugene C. Tobey, the head of Sims' Materials Section.

Footnote 2: Adm. William B. Caperton.

Footnote 3: RAdm. Pedro Max Fernando Frontin, Commander, Brazilian Naval Division for War Operations. He commanded the Brazilian flotilla being sent to European waters.