Captain William V. Pratt, Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
Chronological Copy. File No.
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED 20 November 1918.
Origin Opnav Ser. No. Mission 19
<To: Amnavpar, Paris>
Affairs moving smoothly, nothing unusual. Admiral Knapp expects to arrive November 28th, will have him consult with Professor Wilson and try to get him away early in December. Demobilization plan for ships almost complete, will cable at length in day or two. Board considering carefully demobilization of districts especially shore activity. U.S.S. GEORGE WASHINGTON as well as U.S.S. AGAMEMNON being fitted to take peace mission, she is probably better ship. Not hearing to contrary have issued instructions as to standees on armored cruisers and informed Commander-in-Chief plan approved. Chief of Bureau of Navigation estimates permanent naval force at 218,000, total including reserves 357,000. Plan approved for peace distribution submarines. Copy on way to you<.> this can be easily changed if it does not suit but it was necessary to have plan to work to. Plan for routing transports finished. <20120>
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.