451 Department of External Affairs to Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States
Cablegram 513 12 May 1941,
For Naval Attache  from Chief of Naval Staff 
CNSNA  No. 4. With reference to report of United States-British staff conversations, Washington , Annex 3, paragraph 18, and A.D.B.  paragraph 42, it is requested that you will ascertain at an early date and report by cable the extent of the support which it is contemplated may be afforded to British forces by United States forces south of the Equator between 155 degrees east and 180 degrees. It is understood that a similar enquiry has been initiated by the New Zealand Naval Board through the United States observer at Wellington.