(Hummm. Who should apologize here?)
The Secretary of the Navy on Thursday offered more details into his decision in relieving the commander of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier dealing with a coronavirus outbreak off the coast of Guam.
Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly cited a loss of confidence. Crozier on Sunday penned a letter to his superiors about the urgent situation aboard his ship, which was dealing with the spread of the coronavirus amongst the ranks.
In his letter, Crozier asked for a “political solution” and “immediate and decisive action” as his crew dealt with the coronavirus outbreak. Over 110 service members of the roughly 4,800 crew members tested positive as of Thursday.
“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die,” Crozier wrote in his letter. “If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors.”
Following the publication of Crozier’s letter, sailors were rotated off the ship in Guam. Roughly 2,700 of them are expected to be taken off in the coming days, with many being isolated to nearby hotels.
“The letter worked,” a sailor aboard the ship told The Chronicle.
Darrin Bell and Theron Heir