Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Subject Copy. File No. <46/4/1>
8 March <9, 1918.> EWC
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 4876
Prep. by Foley – Thomas. C of S D.R.
4876. Have been in frequent consultation with Foley and Thomas. Have seen and approve<d> their telegram 4845 addressed to Hurley. I have been asked by British Admiralty to concur with view of British Naval Staff that, following basis of calculating stocks, reserves and losses of fuel oil are the lowest possible that can be accepted from a military point of view ---
One – Reserve to consist of three months’ estimated consumption plus 90,000 tons for increased fleet mobility plus 225,000 tons representing a quantity regarded as non-transferable from storage points in U.K. to Naval Bases.
Two –-Losses in oil calculated at 30,000 tons monthly.
Three – Sinkings of tank steamers calculated at 25,000 tons of cargo capacity monthly.
This seems to be reasonable and I concur. <00309.> 4876.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.