Rear Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Destroyers Operating from British Bases, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
SENT: May 23rd or 24th. TO: Secretary of the Navy
THROUGH: British Code.
Melville arrived evening twentytwo May in excellent condition after uneventful passage (stop) Escorted through dangerous areas by three American destroyers (stop) Cooperation and relations between British and our forces excellent in all respects and military operations proceeding very satisfactorily (stop) All destroyers present are on regular patrol schedule with British forces as previously reported (stop) During period ninth to twentyfirst May our destroyers encountered and drove under six submarines and convoyed four specially valuable ships with munitions and four valuable ships and numerous others (stop) Rescued crews of four merchant ships sunk by submarines (stop) Four have been fired at with torpedoes by unseen submarines evidently from long range (stop) Berehaven mined fifteen May first time during war (stop) Submarine attacks this area well below average past week but in view past experience difficult to draw conclusions therefrom (stop) No material casualties interfering with military duty our destroyers to date except Wainwright blower delay two days (stop) Imperative that each destroyer have six officers and that the proportion of experienced officers and men previously requested for reliefs arrive at earliest date (stop) Melville should have optical tools and optical machinists and destroyers should have increased supply of better binoculars for night and day (stop) Majority of present glass equipment not efficient and casualties severe (stop) When may supply and oil ships be expected (stop) Services Captain Pratt as Chief Staff very urgently needed (stop)
Source Note: C, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517.