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US Navy will not reinstate fired USS Theodore Roosevelt CO

USS Theodore Roosevelt
USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam. Photo: US Navy

The US Navy has made a decision not to reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier as the commanding officer of the COVID-19-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

The captain was fired in April this year after writing a memo to navy leadership about the pandemic outbreak on his ship. What is more, the navy said Crozier would not be eligible for future command and could face additional administrative punishment.

This was all outlined following the conclusion of a command investigation into the events surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The full report is available here.

Following the review, US Navy chief Adm. Gilday determined that the promotion of Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group commander, Rear Adm. Stuart Baker, for a second star has been delayed pending further examination.

The navy’s handling of the pandemic outbreak has caused a lot of controversy and even led to the resignation of Navy Secretary Thomas Modly.

USS Theodore Roosevelt and crew pulled into Guam on March 27, where they spent some two months handling the coronavirus outbreak before returning to sea in late May.