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Naval History and Heritage Command

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

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              CABLEGRAM RECEIVED       10 November 1918.

Origin         Simsadus London                   Ser. No. 94

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For Benson

Committee to consider question of clearing sea of mines after the war completed its session several days ago in London but no copy of its report has yet been received.1 In general it was agreed to recommend that the U S be responsible for sweeping up its own mines in European Waters and that it offers its assistance to Central, South America and West Indies if practicable for sweeping any mines which may have been laid in waters adja<c>ent there to. Arrangements are now in hand for making an experiment sweeping in the Northern Barrage with the doublets testing the integrity of the Barrage and of gaining information as to proper sweeping methods. 125210

Sims              

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

Footnote 1: A copy of this report, Allied Naval Council secret paper 240, has not been located.