Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Received Cablegram. <November 20, 1918.>
Date Nov 20, 1918. File No. <40-3-2 B>
From Amnavpar Paris Serial No. 163
Your 172 For the present Navy continue to man shipping boards and Army freighters and transports with Naval crews. <P>resent policy regarding repairs and facilities for repairing continue.
Your recommendation to retain repair facilities and equipment approved.
We should continue shipment to United States of repair equipment already ordered for Brest only to the extent that may be required for vessels necessary to demobilize. That part of the equipment which contemplated repairs etc to numerous destroyers and patrol vessels should be cancelled 221020 163
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Notation below close: “Copy 41-1-1.” The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation immediately following the text of the cable.