Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Oct. 26, 1917.
Origin Opnav Washington Serial No. Opnav 840
Via N.C.B. 18 D. Date No. 17025
Copies to C. of S.; J.V.B., B.A.L.
Action referred to:
C. of S.
Opnav 840. Captain Samuel S. Robison has planned for operation of his force in Azores. Senior submarine commander will naturally keep you informed and will be guided by your instructions. Azores force is within the limit of your command and all forces there will be under your general directions. Very probably in the near future a group of destroyers assigned to troop convoy work may be based on the Azores. You will be informed of any intended additions to Azores force as soon as additions are made. It is not intention to keep Captain Robison permanently at Azores but later on an officer of suitable rank will be ordered probably a Rear Admiral as Base Commander. You will be informed of the detail when it is made. 17025.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. “C O P Y” appears centered at the top of the page on a broken underline. Identification numbers “1/3/4/N/J” appear in columnar fashion just below the headings.