249 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs
Churchill (in Ottawa) and British Chiefs of Staffs (in Washington)
received Prime Minister's telegrams No. 166  and 167 on
December 30th and contents of 169 and 171  on December 31st.
Churchill and Chiefs of Staff conferred on abovementioned
telegrams today and are continuing tomorrow. Reference paragraphs
5 and 6 of my telegram 1240  and Prime Minister's telegram 24,
I saw United States Secretary of Navy  and United States Chief
of Naval Operations  and British Chiefs [of Staff]  on this
matter, and have asked to see Churchill tomorrow.
Admiral King was made Commander-in-Chief of United States Fleet in
all oceans on
December 30th and it is generally hoped and believed here that he
will produce more forceful naval leadership. As I have advised you
before, United States Navy since December 7th until now has been
defensive and non-belligerent to the dismay of United States Army
and the British. United States Army in particular has keenest
interest in maintaining air reinforcement and sea transport route
to Australia, and I am playing this card hard.
Prime Minister's telegram 2 will be tremendously useful and I will
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