Captain Brett Crozier – U.S.N

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

About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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7 Responses to Captain Brett Crozier – U.S.N

  1. It is sad he was punished for doing what was right. Clearly, the soldiers felt he did right by them.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Lions led by donkeys. If they had any shame, they would be ashamed. Now those flag-draped coffins will be arriving from US soil, not a foreign war.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Anonymous says:

    Agree but could not help but notice the video posted at the end. If it was a response to support him for being relieved of his command, they are sure setting a bad example of social distancing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • toritto says:

      I’m sure there can little or no social distancing while on duty aboard an aircraft carrier. There are 4,000 sailors aboard. Think of those cruise ships and the problems they have had. Captain Crozier requested that the sick be removed to hospitals and the remainder quarantined when the ship docked. The Navy is doing that now but only after it relieved the Captain of command after someone leaked his letter to the press and it went public.

      The guy is a first class leader. Best from Florida.

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  4. jfwknifton says:

    Well done, Captain Crozier. What are the odds that he is addressed as “Captain” for the rest of his life?


    • GP Cox says:

      John, he was relieved of his duty as Captain of the USS T. Roosevelt, not court martialed.
      I believe the Navy carried his reprimand too far for how he reported the problem, how they may or may not correct this, is yet to be decided.


  5. GP Cox says:

    By military standards it was they way the Captain reported the problem, not the fact that he reported it and it has nothing to do with the President. This is a military matter. I personally believe the military carried his reprimand too far.


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