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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,          November 2, 1918.>


From:     Sims

To:       OPNAV

              6080 Information requested as to number sub-chaser in addition the 18 now reported at Bermuda Islands1 will be sent to European Waters and when their despatch from the United States may be expected. Will request contained in my 4311 be granted.2 Unless Sub-chasers are sent very soon for duty at air station, some of those now engaged in hunting submarines will have to be diverted for this duty as it is essential to have chasers at Air Station during winter months.

174002 6080


7:30 p.m.  10-218

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the cable’s text.

Footnote 1: On 4 November, Opnav informed Sims that “19 French and 14 American submarine chasers had left the Bermuda Islands en route to the Azores. DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

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