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Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

     CABLEGRAM RECEIVED       Nov. 5, 1917.

Origin Opnav Washington.      Serial No. 993.

Via N C D 18 D.               Date No. 22005

Copies to COS.1              File No. 25/16/3

Action referred to:

     COS.           VERY SECRET.


993. Owing to need of heavier ships in North Atlantic due to weather conditions and possible need of increased convoy protection, it is the intention in the near future to reduce the South Atlantic force to U. S. S. PITTSBURGH, RALEIGH and CINCINNATI.2 Does this change accord with the Admiralty policy[?] 22005


10.05 a.m.

Inquiry made of Admiralty. Reply cabled Nov. 9th.3

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document is an: “ACTION COPY.”

Footnote 1: Chief of Staff Capt. Nathan C. Twinning.

Footnote 2: PITTSBURGH, RALEIGH, and CINCINNATI were armored cruisers.

Footnote 3: See, Sims to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 9 November 1917, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.