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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       25 November, 1917. 1.51 am

Origin Opnav Washington       Ser. No. 1293

VERY SECRET:

Simsadus.

1293.     Your 1619 and 1339.1 This office in general approves plan suggested in your cable. A plan is now under consideration whereby we hope to undertake the Gibraltar cargo convoy every fifteen days out of Hampton Roads, Va., one cargo convoy every eight days out of New York, and the weekly troop convoy, by our own forces. Conference with Admiral Mayo must be held before entire plan can be submitted to Benson2 for his approval. 19024.

Benson.3          

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. A later editor dated the document to 24 November 1917. Document is an: “Action Copy.

Footnote 1: Document 1619 has not been found. A later editor wrote on the bottom of the document: “Note see CL 4  Area 7 Nvr 8 1917 No. Tel 1339 Sims to Opnav/GJM.” This would indicate that the document could probably be found in the WWI Area 7 file, see, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520.

Footnote 2: VAdm. Henry T. Mayo, Commander, Atlantic Fleet; and Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations.

Footnote 3: Benson was in Europe at the time and the letter was actually from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, DC.

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