Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
<September 1, 1918.>
Your 4523 and 4885 <Plan> for meeting raider <menace> approved and will be substituted in place of present plan period For the present our Division Eight with duties corresponding to Division Six will base at Hampton Roads comma though later some ships of the Division may base at Halifax period Issue necessary instructions to put this plan into effect and furnish Department with rendezvous routes period Directions will be given to C in C and to Commander Cruiser Force to issue instructions from this end putting plan into effect immediately period Though the plan does not embrace westbound shipping proceeding independently Department infers that the provisions of paragraph three first sentence your cable 4523 will hold and that if necessary westbound ships will be guided by warnings received and any subsequent instructions broadcasted comma Is this correct period
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is the only one provided on this copy.