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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

                            28-2-1a                File No

              <September 13, 1918.>

COPY OF CABLEGRAM RECEIVED    Y-5

Origin:   Opnav Washington.                 Serial No. 1444

     CS 14 Sept    

     45 ADR

SECRET

Simsadus:

1444. Your 4609.1 Since you place so much importance upon the fulfillment of this agreement it is necessary for the Bureau of Ordnance to have a mine ship here to conduct experiments with their deep mines. It is desired to use the same ship which would later conduct these operations in the Mediterranean Sea. When can USS BALTIMORE sail for the United States?2 12013  1444.

Benson.                     

12:16 a.m., September 14th, 1918.      

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the cable. Identification number “1/3/[?]/Q/J” appears in the upper-right corner, with handwritten markings added later obscuring one number. The notation “C O P Y” appears centered below the close.

Footnote 1: See: Sims to Opnav, 12 September 1918.

Footnote 2: The cruiser BALTIMORE left the North Sea to return to the United States on 28 September 1918. DANFS. See also: Belknap to Benson, 13 September 1918.

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