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

CABLEGRAM SENT      14 November 1918. Y 19

To   Amnavpar Paris                    Serial No. 137.

137. For Benson. Referring to Opnav. 50271 regarding rotation of dreadnoughts. I recommend the plan be abandoned and that the ARIZONA be not sent over.2 It would seem that Battleship Division Six could be sent home soon but I would like to arrange that it go to the Grand Fleet for a week or so before going home.3 This cannot be done just now but can probably be arranged within a week or ten days. 175914  137

SIMS.

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

Footnote 1: This specific document has not been found, but for more on the plan to rotate battleships, see: Sims to Murray, 16 October 1918, and Sims to Benson, 27 October 1918.

Footnote 2: Arizona departed 18 November and replaced Nevada upon its arrival in European waters. Nevada joined Battleship Division Nine, operating in the North Sea with the British Grand Fleet.

Footnote 3: Other than Nevada, the ships of Battleship Division Six never joined the Grand Fleet. The two divisions joined up at Portsmouth, England on 4 December and later escorted President Woodrow Wilson to France for peace negotiations. Jones, U.S. Battleship Operations: 105-106.

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