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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  29 November 23129

Origin Opnav Washington.      Ser. No. 1350

NCR 18 ADR

VERY SECRET

Simsadus.

1350. Your 1736. Opnav 7721 chasers for distant service should be commissioned trained and ready to move abroad about January first. About twenty five are commissioned now. The most difficult problem will be the transportation across Atlantic for this purpose will utilize certain tugs now fitting out. 12029.

Benson.2     

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document is an: “Action Copy.

Footnote 1: See, Sims to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 27 November 1917, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B; and see: Daniels to Sims, 20 October 1917.

Footnote 2: Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations. This message was from his office as Benson was in Europe at the time discussing naval strategy.

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