The commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt has been removed after saying the US Navy was not doing enough to halt a coronavirus outbreak on board the aircraft carrier.
In a letter, Capt Brett Crozier had urged his superiors to act to prevent US troops dying outside of wartime.
But Acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, a Trump temporary appointee, said the commander “exercised extremely poor judgement”. He said the letter created the impression that the Navy was not responding to is questions.
At least 100 people aboard the vessel have been infected, reports say.
“It creates the perception the Navy is not on the job; the government is not on the job. That’s just not true.”
Captain Crozier had warned the Pentagon that the outbreak aboard his ship was “accelerating” because crew members were living in confined spaces.
“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die,” stated the four-page letter, dated 30 March.
Capt Crozier had called for “decisive action”, saying uninfected sailors had to be removed from the ship and isolated.
The letter was later published by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Two days after writing the letter he was relieved of his command.
Our Commander in Chief, the same one who insisted that the Navy take no action against a war criminal. said nothing. Why? Because Captain Crozier had criticized the Navy’s lack of action in a scathing letter while the President was still calling the pandemic a “Democrat hoax.”
Captain Crozier was watching his men fall sick. knew the virus was on board and was greatly concerned for their welfare and the welfare of their families.
But he criticized the lack of action and by inference, the President’s political position that the virus was “nothing to worry about.”
He risked is career in defense of his men. And this is what they thought of their Captain