Acting Navy secretary apologizes for calling ousted USS Theodore Roosevelt skipper ‘stupid’

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly speaks during a press briefing at the Pentagon, April 2, 2020. LISA FERDINANDO/DEFENSE DEPARTME
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly speaks during a press briefing at the Pentagon, April 2, 2020. LISA FERDINANDO/DEFENSE DEPARTME

Acting Navy secretary apologizes for calling ousted USS Theodore Roosevelt skipper ‘stupid’

by Caitlin Doonbos
Stars and Stripes

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly quickly apologized in a public statement Monday for saying, in a speech aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt the same day, that the ship’s former commander was “too naïve or too stupid” to lead the crew.

Modly relieved Capt. Brett Crozier from command Thursday after a letter the captain wrote seeking help for the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier was leaked to the media earlier in the week.

In his speech on board the vessel Monday afternoon in Guam, Modly said Crozier “lost sight” of the ship’s mission, according to a transcript and audio recording of the speech posted online the same day.

“He compromised critical information about your status intentionally to draw greater attention to your situation,” Modly said over the ship’s internal public address system.

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