Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
<May 1, 1918>
From: Vice Admiral Sims.
To: Chief of Naval Operations.
7229 My 7027 After conferring with Admiralty I am assured that eleven and half knots convoys will be protected in same manner as other convoys carrying troops. Size of convoy will be limited to ten ships provided any of ships are carrying troops period Sailings of these convoys will require slight adjustment in sailing dates of other convoys and in assignment of ocean escorts. Present plan contemplates these convoys will sail from Halifax and half of them escorted by United States destroyers. Increased protection can be furnished these convoys when additional destroyers are sent to this side 05201 7229
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Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date at the top of the document is handwritten; it is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the text and the dating below the signature. Document identifiers: in upper left-hand corner: “X-15”; in upper right-hand corner: “IL 7225.”