Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Based in Europe, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Chronological Copy. File No. <31/4/6>
Cablegram Sent <September 30,>
October 1, 1918. TFW
To Opnav Washington. Ser. No. 5929
Prep. by CS RCT D.R.
5929 Your <2545> 4782 of April tenth and my 6351 of April 11. This matter has been unofficially discusses<d> with Italian Naval Officials with the result that the Minister of Marine, the Chief of Staff and the Commander-in-Chief of the Italian Fleet have all expressed their desire to have Commander Train officially designated as the representative in Italy of the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. I, therefore, now repeat the recommendation originally made in my 6218 of April eighth. In addition to the reasons then given there now exists the reason that our increasing aviation activities in Italy require that some one person shall have authority to deal with the Italian Navy Department on all naval matters and this person should not be merely the Naval Attach but should be my subordinate and representative. 181430 5929.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.