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Navy removes USS Theodore Roosevelt captain

tomahawk6

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The commander 7th fleet weighs in from quarantine.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/exclusive-navy-commander-says-virus-struck-aircraft-carrier-crew-struggling-after-captains-firing/ar-BB12siXE?ocid=spartanntp

The top Navy admiral overseeing the virus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt tells CNN in an exclusive interview that he found some sailors "struggling" and "upset" after their commanding officer was relieved of duty by the ousted acting navy secretary who was forced to resign over the matter.

The commander of the 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral Bill Merz, also told CNN that a better job could have been done communicating with crew members about the virus and how the Navy was handling it.
 

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tomahawk6 said:
The commander of the 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral Bill Merz, also told CNN that a better job could have been done communicating with crew members about the virus and how the Navy was handling it.

I'll take "no shit, Sherlock" for $400, Alex.
 

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Dimsum said:
I'll take "no shit, Sherlock" for $400, Alex.

After that line I guess we know Captain Obvious is getting the job...
 

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Did he resign or was he fired?

Sounds like he was given a choice of one or the other.

“We have no idea how much contact Crozier had with other commanders while contagious with this bold form of leadership. We need to pull out all stops to flatten the curve before we see others succumb to the urge to stand up for their men [and women].”  :)
 

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And aboard TR's sisterships . . .

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/746673/mask-assembly-aboard-uss-john-c-stennis


https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=112599
 

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Yep, seems like Captain Crozier was overreacting, nothing to see here!

Coronavirus cases on USS Theodore Roosevelt spike to 550
The U.S. Navy on Saturday confirmed 103 new cases of the coronavirus onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, bringing the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier's positive cases to 550. The ship's outbreak has been in the spotlight since Captain Brett Crozier sent a memo pleading for help before being fired, leading to the acting Secretary of the Navy resigning in response.

"As of today, 92% of the USS Theodore Roosevelt crewmembers have been tested for COVID-19, with 550 positive and 3,673 negative results,"  the Navy said in a press release Saturday. The Navy said that in response, 3,696 sailors have moved ashore, which includes 518 who were taken off the ship since Friday.
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More at link.
 

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The investigation is about over but I found this interesting bit.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/analysis-there-will-be-losses-how-a-captains-plea-exposed-a-rift-in-the-military/ar-BB12wPEY?ocid=spartanntp

WASHINGTON — The captain had reached a breaking point.

The aircraft carrier he commanded, the Theodore Roosevelt, was docked in Guam as the coronavirus raced unchecked through its narrow corridors. The warship’s doctors estimated that more than 50 crew members would die, but Capt. Brett E. Crozier’s superiors were balking at what they considered his drastic request to evacuate nearly the entire ship.
Captain Crozier was haunted by the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship of 2,600 passengers in individual cabins where the virus had killed eight people and infected more than 700. The situation on his ship had the potential to be far worse: nearly 5,000 sailors crammed in shared berths, sometimes stacked three high. Eight of his sailors with severe Covid-19 symptoms had already been evacuated to the Navy’s hospital in Guam.
 

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Sad news.  RIP sailor.


https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/13/politics/theodore-roosevelt-sailor-coronavirus/index.html


Sailor aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt dies of coronavirus


Washington (CNN)A sailor who tested positive for Covid-19 on the USS Theodore Roosevelt has died of coronavirus, the US Navy said Monday.


The Navy did not disclose the name of the sailor, who was admitted to the intensive care unit of a US Navy hospital on Thursday. CNN previously reported a sailor from the USS Theodore Roosevelt who tested positive for the virus March 30 was found unresponsive and placed in the intensive care unit.


In addition, a US defense official told CNN that four sailors from the ship have been transferred to hospital.


"Over the weekend, four additional Theodore Roosevelt Sailors were admitted to the hospital for monitoring. All are in stable condition, none are in ICU or on ventilators," the official said.
Nearly 600 sailors on the Roosevelt have tested positive for Covid-19, the US Navy said in a statement, adding that 92% of the Roosevelt's crew members have been tested for the virus.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Roosevelt was at the center of a controversy that led to the resignation last week of acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who had dismissed the aircraft carrier's captain Brett Crozier after the leak of a memo in which he implored Navy officials to urgently evacuate the ship to protect the health of its sailors. Crozier also flagged his concerns about challenges of trying to contain the virus aboard the ship and requested that sailors be allowed to quarantine on land.


"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," he wrote in the memo that three US defense officials confirmed to CNN.
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten told reporters Thursday the US military needed to plan for similar outbreaks in the future as the Defense Department works to cope with the virus' impacts.
"I think it's not a good idea to think the Teddy Roosevelt is a one-of-a-kind issue. We have too many ships at sea, we have too many deployed capabilities. There's 5,000 sailors on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. To think it will never happen again is not a good way to plan. What we have to do is figure out how to plan in these kind of Covid environments," Hyten said.


Nearly 3,000 US service members have tested positive for coronavirus, two service members have died.

Additional link, with news release from the USN:  https://news.usni.org/2020/04/13/carrier-roosevelt-sailor-dies-from-covid-19-complications
 

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I hope for a better outcome for the other sailors that have contracted this illness.
 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/navy-officers-brett-crozier-wanted-to-sign-letter-2020-4

Senior officers aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier reeling from a coronavirus outbreak offered to sign a revealing letter about the dire situation, only to be denied by the ship's commander, Capt. Brett Crozier.

Crozier, who has since been relieved of command for sending the four-page letter out to over 20 recipients, was asked by senior officers on the ship to sign the letter, according to a New York Times report published Sunday.

Crozier reportedly feared for their careers and denied their request.

Sourced NYT article here, but behind a soft paywall.
 

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Commander Salamander article about the DDG position lying and a second on Capt Crozier, discussion is ongoing about reinstating him as co of the TR. The latter would depend on his medical fitness. Nothing says "I'm sorry" like a star.  8)

https://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/
 

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Apparently  a sailor from the ship has died.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52272249
 

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Journeyman said:
#LEADERSHIP

It is also pretty basic, Commanding Officer 101 stuff: Only the CO signs something leaving their unit. To allow his HODS also sign the letter could have easily been interpreted as "combining" and would have made him appear to tolerate a mutiny. That would have not only led to his firing, but he would have almost certainly faced a court martial.
 

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Four more sailors test positive.

https://www.stripes.com/news/navy/four-more-uss-theodore-roosevelt-sailors-hospitalized-for-the-coronavirus-1.626022

The CNO thinking  of reinstating Capt Crozier. Admiral if youre gonna stick your neck out, just promote the fellow and get the episode behind the Navy.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/navy-may-reinstate-fired-captain-to-command-of-roosevelt/ar-BB12GB7h?ocid=spartanntp
 
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