U.S. Navy to carry out deeper review of coronavirus spread on aircraft carrier

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 shipโ€™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.

ย USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in San Diego Bay on October 1, 2019 (by Samboy, licensed under the Creative Commonsย Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license)

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: โ€œI 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 Navyโ€™s recommendations. Crozier was removed against the recommendations of uniformed leaders by the Navyโ€™s top civilian, then-acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly.

After a series of events that saw Modly going aboard the carrier and questioning Crozierโ€™s character in a speech to the Rooseveltโ€™s crew and the leaking of the video to the media, Modly resigned.


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