Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED Sept. 6, 1917.
Origin Opnav, Washington Serial No. Opnav 340.
Via. N.C.B. - 15 Date No. 10006
Copies to C. of S.; J.V.B.; B.A.L. File No. 25/20/1.
Action referred to
B. A. L.
From Chief Naval Operations
To Commander Naval Forces European Waters:
Opnav 340. Our 328 by 2nd of October Azores Islands force should consist of one division of submarines, U.S.S. Tonapah, yachts Atlantic, U.S.S. Whipple and U.S.S. Truxton, period. Radius of action will extend to Canary Islands period. All forces will be under your general insturctions but we do not wish U.S.S. Whipple U.S.S. Truxton or Atlantic moved from this general area Paragraph.
Issue instructions in keeping with above and your 396|4| so that U.S.S. Panther and division our destroyers force may sail shortly after arrival of U.S.S. Whipple and Truxton 10008.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.