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“Sailors Don’t Need To Die”: Captain Of Nuclear Carrier With Over 100 COVID-19 Cases Pleads For Help

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In an astounding plea for help, the captain of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has urged top command of the US Navy to take drastic action after more than 100 sailors aboard the ship have been infected with the coronavirus.

More than a week ago it started with a handful of COVID-19 cases, which by the end of the week spiked to 36, causing the West Pacific-deployed carrier to dock at a naval station at Guam, ordering infected crew members out of the some 5,000 total into makeshift quarantine facilities, including a basketball gym hastily transformed for that purpose. The San Francisco Chronicle has obtained and published excerpts of an unprecedented plea for help written by the USS Roosevelt’s Captain Brett Crozier to Pentagon leadership:

“This will require a political solution but it is the right thing to do,” wrote Capt. Brett Crozier, a Santa Rosa native, from Guam where his 1,092-foot carrier Theodore Roosevelt docked following a COVID-19 outbreak. “We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors.”
In the letter Capt. Crozier warned that “Due to a warship’s inherent limitations of space… the spread of the diseast is ongoing and accelerating.” The SF Chronicle described that the letter was issued Monday as the captain fears there will be possible deaths among crew under his command if more resources aren’t immediately allocated.

It is unclear as yet how many of the crew have been quarantined on land at Guam, and how many still remain aboard the docked carrier. But it appears the ongoing attempts at quarantine and containment are not going fast enough, with less than necessary resources employed. Previously General John Hyten, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said testing of the entire crew is expected to take a week minimum.

Crozier further urgently requested “compliant quarantine rooms” on shore in Guam for his entire crew “as soon as possible”. He added“Removing the majority of personnel from a deployed US nuclear carrier and isolating them for two weeks may seem like an extraordinary measure… this is a necessary risk.”

He outlined specific dangers of large amounts of the crew remaining on board the ship as follows, according to the SF Chronicle:

The tight quarters on the carrier are “most conducive to spread,” he wrote, including large amounts of sailors in a confined space, shared sleeping quarters, restrooms, workspaces and computers, a common mess hall, meals cooked by exposed personnel, and movement constraints requiring communal contact with ladders and hatches.

The criticisms are aimed at the current strategy of merely moving the numbers of infected and immediate exposures off the ship, while increasing social distancing and disinfecting measures for the majority still on the ship, which he called “ineffective”.

And in perhaps the most unexpected and stunning section of the letter, the captain takes the unprecedented step of pointing out to top brass that focus on battle-readiness in this case will actually lead to potential significant loss of life:

If the Navy focuses on being battle ready, it will lead to “losses to the virus,” Crozier said. The second option, the captain recommended: “Achieve a COVID-free TR.” Methodically clean the ship, while isolating the crew in port with a massive amount of individualized lodging equipment.

The captain’s recommendation is to instead keep only 10% of the crew on board at any given time in order to initiate deep sanitization procedures and crucially to operate the reactor plant, according to the letter.

No doubt the captain’s letter was not meant to go public, especially given America’s enemies and rivals are surely watching very closely. After all it took an ‘invisible enemy’ in the form of a virus infecting over 100 sailors to essentially knock out of commission an entire nuclear aircraft carrier.

 

via zerohedge

23 COMMENTS

  1. As a former bird farmer ( carrier crew) I can understand how so many got infected so fast . Even though an Aircraft Carrier does have a state of the art sick bay ,dental and equipment for MOST emergencies . Due to the MILITARY considerations and COMBAT considerations . There is VERY LITTLE space left for crew and social distancing. One thing that we can be sure of though if that or ANY ship NEEDS to be in COMBAT they WILL. We must still do whatever we can to keep our MILITARY COMBAT READY. we must continue to pray for wisdom and do what we can to beat this thing.

  2. So where are all the Navy Medical Ships??? All they need is 1. Is this for real? Why wasn’t a medical ship dispatched when it started spreading??WTF, over?

  3. Trumpzilla doesn’t want to hurt his numbers so those brave men and women just need to die to protect the supreme leader. Or he heard some of them might be Democrats can’t have them live even though they’re serving they’re country protecting all American’s. His hatred and racism keeps him from having empathy for human life, his moral character just won’t allow it. He really is a subhumanoid he’s just like a Neanderthal just like his supporters are prodeath not Pro-Life.

    • Thank God Hillary is not in charge – she would have responded with “ So a few sailors are dead, at this point what difference does it make!” and then refuse to send help. Trump 2020 Don Jr. 2024.

      • News Flash Stan it’s your guy not doing anything their out there on their own, it’s Trumpzilla that doesn’t care about a few dead sailors.
        Biden 2020, Stacie Abrams 2024-2030, AOC 2030-2038 deal with it snowflake.

        • Flush–you’re seriously infected with toxic TDS-which shows in all victims- by rendering them unable to think straight. Just look at the people your endorsing.
          A bunch of losers, hypocrites & idiots.

          • cc I really don’t understand what makes trumpturds this stupid. Your guy is in charge, your guy’s control the Senate. The world is in turmoil and you still can’t figure it out. News Flash Trumpzilla F’D everything up he F’D up the entire world.
            Thank God I have TDS I’m the only one on this blog site smart enough to know all along that RETARDicans are going to destroy the world and as you can see today I’m right.
            Stop blaming me and Democrats for your stupidity remember YOU voted for this POS not me.

    • Ok ASSHOLE you’ve had your say….now go back to your swamp…just saying as a Navy vet..USS HORNET CVA12.2

      • Larry go back to kissing your supreme leaders brown eye it is you infected with that ASSMOUTH disease.
        NAVY VETERAN USS BUTTE AE-27 VIETNAM!

    • You’re another reason this country is divided politically with deranged liberal thinking. Hope you’re not benefiting from Trump’s economy!! And living in your hole from Obama’s

  4. Seems to be an appropriate time to pull a carrier out of service when China has recently shown their guns in the China sea, eh? I think we’ve got to be a little more observant in what’s going on around us. doesn’t it seem funny that everything is happening at once? All with soros and obama and the lib dems right in the middle? How about all the partners involved in the global plan of takeover, the KSA, China, virus attacking major potential enemies of China, refugees all keeping ready at arms, caravans ready at the borders, no involvement of Canada except letting muslims go through the border. To hell with it, let’s isolate ourselves with military on land borders and bring our people home. Let’s get the Navy to protect new water territorial borders out 200 miles and stop invasion that wayplus stop drugs and illegals.
    Let’s get every person at home and on the street to wear masks. If you can’t buy them, make them, piece of cake. Let’s produce more lysol sanitizer and equivalent and clean up where we live. Let’s make masks for the elderly and for first responders and ER and all medical staff. A little cloth and stretch materials to go around the ears and voila. let’s make enough for all the people in the U.S., firstly our protectors and seniors, they worked for us now it’s our turn.

      • Some Trumpzilla moron went to one of his hate rallies and took it back aboard the ship, that’s what’s being reported on the news. After all for two months all he did was stook his ego at his hate rallies and play golf, what did you expect to happen.

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