Captain of USS Roosevelt relieved of command after letter about coronavirus outbreak was leaked

In a Jan. 17, 2020 photo, Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, addresses the crew. ALEXANDER WILLIAMS/U.S. NAVY
In a Jan. 17, 2020 photo, Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, addresses the crew. ALEXANDER WILLIAMS/U.S. NAVY

Captain of USS Roosevelt relieved of command after letter about coronavirus outbreak was leaked

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt was relieved of command Thursday, two days after his letter warning that an outbreak of the coronavirus aboard the aircraft carrier could threaten sailors’ lives was leaked to the media.

Capt. Brett Crozier was dismissed due to loss of confidence and for not using his chain of command to make them aware of his concerns about the coronavirus outbreak on the ship, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced Thursday at the Pentagon.

In his letter, Crozier warned the outbreak could kill some sailors, and “if we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors.”

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