Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Wates, to Oswyn A. R. Murray, Secretary of the Admiralty
U.S. NAVAL FORCES OPERATING IN EUROPEAN WATERS
U.S.S. MELVILLE, FLAGSHIP
TELEPHONE VICTORIA 9110 30 GROSVENOR GARDENS,
CABLE ADDRESS, “SIMSADUS” LONDON S.W. 1
September 1, 1917.
Memorandum for Secretary of the Admiralty.
In the matter of dispatch of U. S. submarines to European Waters thus far the only plan sanctioned by the Navy Department is to send five boats of the K Class with a single turret monitor as Tender, to the Azores, to be based at Horta or Ponta Delgada.
Information has been received that five boats of the L Class may be expected to be dispatched somewhat later, but no decision has yet been made as to their base.
I am informed that the monitor to be sent to the Azores will be the U. S. S. TONOPAH, which is armed with 2 – 12” guns and a number of smaller guns, probably of 4” caliber.
Wm S. Sims
Source Note: DTS, UK-LPR, Adm 137/437. This dispatch was written in response to a cable from the British Admiralty on 31 August, asking for written approval from Sims on the proposed allocation of U.S. submarines. See: British Admiralty to Sims, 31 August 1917.