Sacked US warship captain tests positive for COVID-19

Captain Brett Crozier was “relieved of duty” after the email demanded the removal of his crew from the infected ship. The letter was sent to between 20 to 30 people, making it susceptible to leaks.

The New York Times claimed Cpt Crozier started showing symptoms while still on board the warship.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the leaked memo which slammed the lack of response to the ships coronavirus outbreak.

It stated a need for urgent intervention as the ship’s sailors “are not at war. Sailors do not need to die.”

He was removed from the ship on Thursday and awaits redeployment.

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The Times cited two Naval Academy classmates in their reveal of the Cpt’s condition.

US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly suspended Crozier for “poor judgment,” going outside the chain of command and too widely disseminating a memo over an unsecured system.

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that there were 155 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the 5,000 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier.

He stated that so far there have been no hospitalizations.

President Donald Trump has stated that he supported Secretary Modly’s decision.

In a press conference on Saturday, he said: “I don’t know much about it, the letter was a [four] page letter from a captain.

“And the letter was all over the place.

“That’s not appropriate.

“I thought it looked terrible, to be honest with you, now, they made their decision, I didn’t make the decision.”


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Crozier’s diagnosis has fuelled skepticism on the Navy’s handling of the outbreak.

On Friday, videos circulated showing hundreds of sailors aboard the Roosevelt cheering for Crozier as he disembarked the ship.

It has also raised concerns with Democratic lawmakers over how the Navy is handling it’s cases of coronavirus.

They conceded that the captain had overstepped boundaries, saying: “Captain Crozier was justifiably concerned about the health and safety of his crew, but he did not handle the immense pressure appropriately.

“However, relieving him of his command is an overreaction.”

Of the crew of 5,000, the Navy has removed 1,500 sailors from the ship.

Half the crew has been tested for the virus.

The US currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, with 334,730.

As of Sunday evening, 9,572 had died, with the country on their way to overtake Spain and Italy.

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