CNN: Fired Commander Of The US Aircraft Carrier Theodore Roosevelt May Be Reinstated
The chief of staff of the US Navy, Admiral Michael Gilday, recommended that US Secretary of defense Mark Esper restore the previously dismissed commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, Brett Crozier, whose report on the spread of coronavirus on the ship came to journalists. This was reported on Friday by CNN, citing sources.
CNN notes that the head of the US Defense Department indicated that at the moment he is not ready to decide on the reinstatement of crozier and it will take more time. On Friday, the head of the Pentagon, according to CNN, was informed about the results of an internal investigation conducted on his initiative against crozier.
An outbreak of COVID-19 (a disease caused by a new coronavirus) was recorded on Board an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in late March. Crozier was fired after his report about the spread of infection on the ship got to the journalists. Thomas Model, who served as acting Secretary of the U.S. Navy, sharply criticized crozier for what happened, saying that he was either naive or stupid. He subsequently apologized for his words and then left his post.
On Thursday evening, the US Navy said on its website that the number of sailors infected with the coronavirus on the aircraft carrier reached 840 following a survey of the entire crew. 88 sailors have already been cured, and one crew member died in the intensive care unit on April 13.