Breaking: USS Theodore Roosevelt in Peril from CV19 OutBreak

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Daily Beast: In a desperate call for help, U.S. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier wrote to senior Pentagon officials Monday to ask them to provide “compliant quarantine rooms” for more than 100 sailors infected with the novel coronavirus on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier he commands. “This will require a political solution but it is the right thing to do,” the captain wrote in a letter obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.

“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.” Crozier’s letter is an extraordinary challenge to Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak. Esper, during a month’s worth of briefings, has emphasized the need to maintain military readiness during the public-health emergency. Crozier, whose ship is a critical component of that global U.S. military readiness, is warning that unless the ship ceases its operations and attends to the immediate health needs of its sailors, lives will be lost.

“Keeping over 4,000 young men and women on board the TR is an unnecessary risk and breaks faith with those sailors entrusted to our care,” Crozier wrote. In effect, Crozier’s point is the military analogy to the warnings by epidemiologists against prematurely returning to work and social gatherings in the name of saving the economy. The aircraft carrier is docked in Guam.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/uss-theodore-roosevelt-captain-pleads-with-navy-for-help-with-100-virus-infected-sailors-on-aircraft-carrier?ref=home

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  1. “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.” Crozier’s letter is an extraordinary challenge to Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak .

    I’m very very Impressed by this ” Brett Crozier ” coz Although He’s an Officer BUT Weirdly Somehow He’s Still HUMANE and Coherent WHICH is very very Unlike the Typical American Officers Who are Always Total Assholes ….

  2. When was a time that the US regime in general or Trump & co in particular being sympathetic towards human lives be it domestic or foreign? NEVER! Dimwitted Esper perhaps thinks a ship full of Covid N.C.sickened seamen is deadlier in that it meets their diabolical end.

  3. The captain has chosen the health of his crew over his own advancement. Because the USN has (always!) considered crews “expendable”. Carriers are even more contagios than cruise ships, because crew members don’t have individual cabins. They are packed in like sardines. It’s like that on all navy ships. What’s more, there are limited number of hatches/scuttles to get out in case of an emergency. That’s why the casualties were so high on that frigate. I have been in that berthing area. No way everyone could get out when the compartment was on fire. Everthing in the navy is based on this one thing: crews are expendable!