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Rear Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Destroyers Operating from British Bases, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels

SENT: 2 May, 1917.  TO: Sec, Navy, NO: 20202.

     IN accordance with request from French Minister of Marine1 and after conferences with the Admiralty and the French Naval Attache2 I am leaving for Paris for a consultation upon the submarine situation. The First Sea Lord3 is also going. I will be in communication with London over special telephone and telegraph wires. Will return within a few days.4


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517.

Footnote 1: French Minister of the Marine Adm. Marie-Jean-Lucien Lacaze.

Footnote 2: French Naval Attaché to Great Britain Admiral Baron Maurice-Henri Mercier de Lostende.

Footnote 3: Frist Lord of the Admiralty Sir John R. Jellicoe.

Footnote 4: For more on his trip to France, see: Sims to Leigh C. Palmer, 1 May 1917; and Sims to Anne Hitchcock Sims, 7 May 1917.

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