US Navy aircraft carrier crippled by COVID-19 earlier this year again sees sailors test positive for the virus
- The USS
Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carriercrippled by COVID-19earlier this year, has new cases.
- Two sailors tested positive and were evacuated from the ship, The New York Times reported. Everyone they came in contact with was placed in quarantine.
- Earlier this year, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier suffered a serious COVID-19 outbreak that saw hundreds of sailors test positive, a number hospitalized, and one die.
- The outbreak also caused a political storm within the
Navythat saw the carrier's captain fired and the acting secretary of the Navy resign.
The US Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which suffered a serious COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, is again seeing sailors test positive for the virus.
Two sailors aboard the carrier, currently at sea near San Diego, tested positive for the virus and had to be evacuated, and all those individuals who came in contact with them during that time were placed in quarantine, The New York Times first reported, with others confirming.Cmdr. Zach Harrell, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces Pacific, told The Times that after the sailors reported they were experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they were provided immediate medical care and taken off the ship.
Toward the end of March, three sailors, two members of the air wing and one from the reactor team, tested positive for COVID-19. In a matter of days, the number of infected jumped from three to a several dozen. The carrier was forced into port in Guam, where it was sidelined by the
A week later, Modly resigned from his position amid mounting pressure following an inappropriate, profanity-laced speech delivered to the disheartened crew of the Theodore Roosevelt, the final act in a series of missteps to address the crisis aboard the carrier.Modly's questionable actions aside, a Navy investigation still found fault in Crozier's behavior, leadership, and handling of the outbreak, so he was not reinstated, despite earlier recommendations by leadership that his firing be reversed. The Navy battled the coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship for months and was forced to evacuate the majority of the crew as around 1,200 sailors fell ill. A number of sailors were hospitalized as a result, and one sailor died. The USS Theodore Roosevelt finally returned to sea toward the end of May, and the ill-fated deployment ended in July.
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