Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Commander Charles R. Train, United States Naval Attaché at Rome
COPY. File No. 25-9-16 E
CABLEGRAM SENT October 23 <22, 1918.> Y-29
Serial No. 397.
To Alusna Rome.
Prep. by CS SX
397. Your 478 and 489. Admiralty informs me that withdrawal of vessels from Otranto Barrage is temporary only and made necessary by operations off Kavala. Our submarine chasers have not been withdrawn but have been ordered to discontinue operations in case protecting vessels of mobile barrage are withdrawn. It is unsafe for these chasers to operate without support so long as Austrian cruisers are ca pable of making surp<ri>ze attack. Matter will be discussed with Admiralty and endeavor made to secure return of vessels withdrawn at earliest possible date. 152222. 397
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the cable.