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

CABLEGRAM SENT                    Nov. 9, 1917.     

To: Opnav, Washington                          Ser. No. 1368

VERY SECRET

1368. After further discussion with Admiral Jellicoe1 recommend sending one division coal burning dreadnaughts Utah class to join British Grand Fleet and to be relieved later by another until all of the fleet has had the experience or until conditions change. Recommend division be sent as soon as practicable to get ships off. Request to be informed about when they may expect to start.

     Everything proceeding satisfactorily, signed Benson.

Sims.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B

Footnote 1: First Sea Lord Adm. Sir John R. Jellicoe.

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