…from Norah O’Donnell, CBS Evening News
[ Editor’s Note: We now learn that the USS Roosevelt has its old commander back after Captain Crozier fell on his sword for his men. The CBS report below covers the mission status of one of the US’ key aircraft carriers juggling protecting a ship under coronavirus attack while working to get back into shape to go to sea and continue training.
Former Roosevelt cmdr. Capt. Carlow Sardiello was a good selection in giving the men a familiar leader to deal with the difficult situation with the ship. This event triggered more coverage about the strain the Navy and even ground commands were under due to the pandemic and its exposure to ships that have constant turnover of sailors.
The last news we heard about Captain Crozier was that the Navy command did not think any disciplinary action was required for his actions based upon the situation he and his men were in. If he had not done what he did, more than one sailor could have been lost.
US Navy top officials on April 24th recommended that Crozier be reinstated. Acting Secretary of the Navy Modly had to resign for his bungled in-person address to the crew, so the final decision on Crozier rests with Sec. of Defense Esper.
He earlier had stated that he had an open mind on the Crozier situation, but there is no word so far on what his decision. But it is no secret to anyone that the sailors and public stand firmly with the captain willing to give up his slot to get the attention he felt his men needed and deserved… Jim W. Dean ]
– First aired … May 05, 2020 –
CBS NEWS EXCLUSIVE: IN HIS FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE TAKING COMMAND OF USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, CAPTAIN CARLOS SARDIELLO TELLS CBS NEWS’ DAVID MARTIN HE WON’T WAIT FOR ALL CREW TO CLEAR QUARANTINE BEFORE RETURNING TO SEA
ON THE SAFETY OF SAILORS ABOARD THE SHIP, SARDIELLO SAYS, “YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH TWO DIFFERENT CHECKS PLUS BEING COVID TESTED TWICE. AND WE SIDELINE SAILORS FOR THE SLIGHTEST THING. SNIFFLES.”
WATCH THE FULL REPORT HERE
David Martin’s exclusive interview with Captain Carlos Sardiello aired tonight on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL (6:30-7:00 PM ET) on the CBS Television Network
“We have a job to do”: USS Roosevelt’s new commanding officer discusses the future of his ship and crew
U.S. Navy officials say Captain Brett Crozier, the former commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, has recovered from coronavirus and is on his way back to the U.S. Crozier was fired after sounding the alarm about an outbreak onboard the aircraft carrier.
Captain Carlos Sardiello, the Roosevelt’s new commanding officer, spoke exclusively with CBS News on Monday. Crozier left the Roosevelt last month, and by the last public count, more than 1,100 members of the crew had tested positive.
“What was the mood of the crew?” CBS News asked.
“So, the mood of the crew was a challenging situation,” Sardiello said.
Sardiello took over after Crozier was relieved of command. It’s a job Sardiello knows well. He was the previous commanding officer and had only been gone for six months.
“When you addressed the crew what did you tell them?” CBS News asked.
“We have a job to do,” Sardiello explained. “It’s like no job we have ever faced, but we’re U.S. sailors. You know me. I know you. I had your back before. I’m going to have your back now.”
Sardiello said he won’t wait for all the crew to clear quarantine before he heads back to sea.
“We’ve taken 45 days from that business, and it’s a dangerous business, so we have a lot of training to complete,” he said.
After being screened and re-screened, more than half the crew is now back aboard. And the ship, all 1,086 feet of it, has been deep cleaned. But Sardiello is taking no chances.
“You have to go through two different checks plus being COVID tested twice,” he explained. “And we sideline sailors for the slightest thing. Sniffles”
The Roosevelt lost one sailor to coronavirus, and now the rest of the crew has to bring the ship back to life.