Removed USS Theodore Roosevelt captain gets warm send-off

Military

WASHINGTON (CNN Newsource) — Sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt gave their commander a hero’s send-off in Guam.

The dozens of sailors on the ship have the coronavirus.

Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of command for a memo warning Navy leadership that action was needed to save the lives of his crew.

Navy secretary Thomas Modly said Thursday Crozier showed “extremely poor judgment” and disseminated the memo too widely.

Related: Nearly 3,000 sailors to leave USS Theodore Roosevelt amid virus outbreak

The information was published in the San Francisco Chronicle, but Modly said he has no indication that Crozier leaked the memo.

He faulted Crozier for going outside the chain of command and sending the memo over an unsecured system, adding to the chances of a leak.

Related: NAS Lemoore sailors on an aircraft carrier with confirmed COVID-19 cases

CNN previously reported that some of the sailors from the Roosevelt will be quarantined in hotel rooms in Guam.

Modly said nearly 1,000 personnel were off the ship and 2,700 were expected to be off in the next couple of days.

More than 130 sailors aboard the Roosevelt have tested positive for coronavirus.

The Navy confirmed on March 27 that 750 sailors aboard the Roosevelt are stationed at NAS Lemoore.

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