Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Destroyers Operating from British Bases, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
SENT 30th May, 1917. TO: Sec. Nav. Operations
THROUGH: State Department.
During a conference by appointment yesterday with the French Chief of Naval Staff he expressed the wish that a representative not below the grade of Captain be assigned to the French Navy Department (stop) Although I am in touch with French Department through their naval representative here, and also by telephone and telegraph, and can always reach Paris in short time it is considered that the request should be granted, as it will insure closer daily co-operation and co-ordination. It is also considered that active officers preferably with knowledge of French should be assigned to our prospective bases in France.
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Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517.