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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. 15. 1917.                                

Origin         Chief of Naval Operations  Serial No. Opnav 437

Via            N C B D 15                        Date No. 13015

Copies to      C. of S.; J.V.B.; E.C.T.1      File No. 1/4/10

Action referred to:


To Simsadus.

Opnav 437. Department will undertake establishment abroad of a total of fifteen naval coastal air stations to be in operation by July first 1918. All stations to be equipped with seaplanes and five of them to have additional dirigible and kite balloon equipment. Where do you recommend placing the stations not previously authorized  13015.

Admiral Benson.

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

Footnote 1: Sims' Chief of Staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining; Cmdr. John V. Babcock, Sims’ aide; and Paymaster Eugene C. Tobey, head of the Materials Section of Sims' staff.

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