Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
DISPATCH TO BE SENT
Date March 7, 1918
Prepared by CS No. 4841
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4841. Your 3485. This is a matter in which great secrecy is preserved. All I am able to say at present is that orders have been given to carry out certain measures which were planned some time ago with the object of destroying the Russian vessels in the Baltic and Black Seas. It is hoped that these measures will be successful in rendering all these vessels unfit for service for the period of the war.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.