Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Office of Chief of Naval Operations to Vice Admiral Henry T. Mayo, Commander, Atlantic Fleet

FLEET FLASGHIP

TRANSLATION OF CODE DESPATCH

OPNAV          11-12-17

CinC

     It is Department’s desire to expedite sailing of division NINE BATTLESHIP FORCE at the earliest moment compatible with efficiency. To that end expedite completion any necessary target practice then send ships need[ing] it to BOSTON and NORFOLK to dock after docking to proceed to home port yards to fit out for distant service.The probable sailing date is required Acknowledge 17012

7.44 pm

Source Note: C, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document is labeled: ”SECRET/THIS IS A TRANSLATION:SHALL NEVER BE TRANSMITTED NOR SEEN BY OTHER THAN COMMISSIONED OFFICERS.”

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