Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
Sept 8, 1917
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 491
Via N C B A Prep. By C. of S. Apprvd. By N.C.T.
Copies to, C of S, J V B, Wm. A., E.C.T.
From Commander Naval Force European Waters
To Chief Naval Operations
491. 17004.Opnav 329. Suggest Cone confer with Admiral Benson ascertain his views in detail as I wish his point of view when interpretating and carrying into effect his instructions period. Following subjects specially important. Future plans of army as to total strength of forces to come overseas and probable dates of departure of detachments period. Extent of merchant tonnage required for transportation such forces and extent necessary for support in France period. We wish also to be informed concerning organization United States Intelligence and Military Secret Service how that character or information is obtained and disseminated period. What additional patrol vessels may be expected and when period. Will Navy assist in providing equipment and men for coastal air patrol England period. Proposed cooperation United States in merchant shipping situation period. What merchant tonnage to be turned out by months October to June period. What merchant tonnage to be turned out by months October to June period. Does United States propose to handle tonnage situation to ensure delivery essential supplies in sufficient quantities meet demands here and build reserve against more strenuous submarine campaign winter and spring before new harvest ready 19308.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.