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

Subject Copy.                                 File No. <16-6-15>

Cablegram Sent December 6, 1918 Y-K     345

To Amnavpar Paris.                     Serial No. 345

Prep. by C-1        NTC       D.R.

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345 For Benson (a) The following Turkish warships have been surrendered in accordance with the terms of the armistice. The GOEBEN is at Stenia being prepared for removal to Ismid and it is hoped to move her in a few days. Remaining vessels are interned at the Golden Horn. 2 gunboats and certain motor craft are being permitted for the present to carry out police duties. Turkish vessels surrendered as follows:-

Battle cruiser GOEBEN, Battleship TOORGOOD REIS

Light cruisers HAMIDIEH and MEDJIDIEH

7 destroyers

6 torpedo boats

2 torpedo gunboats

10 gunboats

4 mining vessels

1 sloop

1 armed vessel

Total of 35 vessels

The submarine TURQUOISE has been returned to France.

          (b) Following Russian warships have been taken over in the Black Sea:-

Great Britain, Battleships VOLYA and 2 destroyers

France 2 destroyers

Italy 1 destroyer

Greece 1 destroyer

Total 1 battleship and 6 destroyers

The remainder of the Russian Black Sea Fleet is being disarmed at Sevastopol.

     (c) Following German warships taken over in the Black Sea:-

Great Britain 2 submarines

France 2 submarines and 1 yacht

Total 5 vessels

     (d) A British Naval Officer has proceeded to Buda Pesth to make arrangements regarding the 6 Danube monitors to be surrendered 161906 345

SIMS

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

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