The U.S. Navy said on Wednesday 29th of April that it would be carried out a more focused review into the spread of the coronavirus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, a decision that will postpone any resolution on the ship’s fired captain position.
Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of the carrier command after the leak of a letter he wrote urging the Navy for more adequate measures to protect the personnel aboard.
Last week Admiral Mike Gilday, the Chief of Naval Operations, after a preliminary investigation reccomended to reinstate Crozier.
On the preliminary investigation, acting U.S. Navy Secretary James McPherson said: “I have unanswered questions that the preliminary inquiry has identified and that can only be answered by a deeper review”.
A U.S. official, anonimously speaking, said the investigation would take about a month to complete.
The decision appears to be in line with the course of action supported by of U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, in favor of receiving a completed written investigation before making any decisions.
Esper received a verbal briefing on the preliminary inquiry but it was recognised as insufficient to proceed on the Navy’s recommendations. Crozier was removed against the recommendations of uniformed leaders by the Navy’s top civilian, then-acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly.
After a series of events that saw Modly going aboard the carrier and questioning Crozier’s character in a speech to the Roosevelt’s crew and the leaking of the video to the media, Modly resigned.