Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram sent March 10, 1918
To OPNAV, Washington. Serial No. 4833.
AC Ad. & Capt
4953. Referring your 1168. Am forwarding by next mail recommendation of Rodman with my approval that DELWARE be withdrawn and ARKANSAS substituted. Reasons,
One: It is policy of Grand Fleet to concentrate fire of two or more ships on one of enemy.
Two: The position of Rodman’s Command at van or rear makes it encumbent on us to carry out this policy.
Three: We should have all ships of the same calibre and muzzle velocity of guns.
Four: If three not possible, two pairs of ships in which guns of each pair are the same.
ARKANSAS to be fitted with paravanes and under-water castings and fittings of heavier pattern than those sent over on TEXAS for self and other vessels. DELAWARE not to be withdrawn until ARKANSAS ready in all respects to operate. Owing to fuel oil situation reason three above cannot be realized. 4953.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.