Trump admin. to remove captain of aircraft carrier after he wrote 'scathing letter' about Covid-19 on his ship
The U.S. Navy is expecting to relieve the commander of nuclear aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt after writing a 'scathing letter' about the coronavirus outbreak aboard his ship, Reuters is reporting.
“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors,” Capt. Brett Crozier wrote.
The captain was asking the Navy's chain of command for stronger measures and believed not enough was being done from above. He pleaded for help from his superiors.
The carrier is currently docked in Guam following an outbreak that has affected hundreds of sailors on his ship among a crew of more than 4,000.
In a four-page letter that was sent to senior military officials, Crozier said that not everyone has been off-boarded, which makes social distancing impossible.
“Due to a warship’s inherent limitations of space, we are not doing this,” Crozier wrote. “The spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating.”
He is is asking for "compliant quarantine rooms" on the shore of Guam "as soon as possible."
“Removing the majority of personnel from a deployed U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier and isolating them for two weeks may seem like an extraordinary measure. ... This is a necessary risk,” Crozier wrote. “Keeping over 4,000 young men and women on board the TR is an unnecessary risk and breaks faith with those Sailors entrusted to our care.”
Because of the non-wartime threat, Crozier doesn't think he's overreacting. President Trump and his administration, of course, is in charge of the Pentagon.
“However, we are not at war, and therefore cannot allow a single Sailor to perish as a result of this pandemic unnecessarily,” Crozier wrote. “Decisive action is required now in order to comply with CDC and (Navy) guidance and prevent tragic outcomes.”