811.34537/372: Telegram

The Chargé in Cuba ( Briggs ) to the Secretary of State

175. Commander Naval District, Key West, recommended the establishment of certain air-plane patrol activities based on San Julián near [Page 259] the extreme western tip of the Island and not far from landing field at La Fé where there is already a small army detachment. The establishment of a base at San Julián will obviously greatly facilitate patrol of Yucatán channel and area off northwest coast.

No discussion of this has been undertaken thus far with the Cuban Government which will unquestionably assent. Please inform me by telegraph however in advance of establishment of base in order that I may clear the matter with the Cuban Government before it becomes fait accompli.