Rear Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Destroyers Operating from British Bases, to Navy Department
Sent: May 8. 1917.
6167---May 8th, 4 p.m.
Following from the Admiral to Navy Department:
“Establishment of temporary bases Brest and Bordeaux very desirable but should not divert in any way necessary repair supply and fuel vessels from mobile destroyer base. Urgent that destroyer force remain concentrated with mobile base ready to follow any movement of main submarine activity on high sea trade routes. Request information concerning probable date of arrival of Captain Pratt and Aide services urgently needed. Sims.”
Source Note: C, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517.