Navy relieves USS Theodore Roosevelt CO of command

Navy relieves USS Theodore Roosevelt CO of command
Top to bottom: USS Nimitz (CVN-68), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) assemble for a photo op during a 3-strike group exercise in the Pacific. USN photo

[Ed. – As I understand it, CAPT Crozier shotgunned his email outside the chain of command instead of forwarding it through the chain of command. Big no no on such an explosive issue (Big Navy already knew about the problem and was working it), and probably unnecessary in the situation. It won’t be for those of us who don’t know all the particulars to pass judgment on.  Lousy circumstances from all perspectives.  Crozier surely wanted to do right by his crew. Job one at this point is to make sure there’s three hots, a cot, and proper medical attention for every sailor, while ensuring the nuclear reactors at the pier in Guam don’t make any boneheaded moves and endanger a bunch of innocent civilians.  Fortunately, the Navy can fly in techs to pick up some of that slack if necessary.]

The Navy announced it has relieved the captain who sounded the alarm about an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Capt. Brett Crozier, who commands the Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier with a crew of nearly 5,000, was relieved of his command Thursday, but he will keep his rank and remain in the Navy. …

Speaking at a news conference Thursday evening, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Crozier was removed from his post because he sent the letter over “non-secure unclassified email” to a “broad array of people” rather than up the chain of command.

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“I have no doubt in my mind that Captain Crozier did what he thought was in the best interest of the safety and well-being of his crew,” Modly said. “Unfortunately, it did the opposite. It unnecessarily raised the alarm of the families of our sailors and Marines with no plans to address those concerns.”

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