Theodore Roosevelt Hit Hard by Covid-19 Virus

USS Theodore Roosevelt, Capt. Brett Crozier, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modley
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The Covid-19 virus hit the USS Theodore Roosevelt hard. Over 150 of the aircraft carrier’s crew of 4,800 tested positive. And the symptoms were strange.

The ship’s captain, Brett Crozier, ignored the chain of command and instead blasted out an unsecured email warning to 20 or 30 people. As you might expect, it leaked.

USS Theodore Roosevelt Change of Command

So, at that point, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modley relieved Capt. Crozier of his command.

But Modley didn’t leave it at that. He boarded the ship and ripped the captain in a profanity laced tirade calling the him “naive or too stupid.

The tongue lashing was apparently too much for Modley’s boss, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. So the next day Secretary Modley kind of apologized, saying he really meant to say the captain was “smart and passionate.”

And then he resigned.


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