Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
27 October, 1918.
For Admiral Benson. With reference to Opnav 3923 retransmitted to you from Washington. The proposal made sometime ago by the Department for rotation of ships between Battleship Division Six and Nine is now under consideration by Admiralty and Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet, as to its effect upon Grand Fleet and as to whether oil burning or coal burning ships should be used in Battleship Division Nine. Recommend final decision on this matter be deferred until Admiralty’s ideas have been made known which should be soon.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.