USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain Relieved of Duty – But Left to Cheers and Applause
USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of duty on Thursday. But his sailors, who felt he was a hero, gave him a rousing send off to cheers, chants, and applause. (Fox)
Captain Crozier incurred the ire of the Navy when a letter he wrote to senior military officials was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle and published. In it, the Captain talked about the number of COVID-19 cases aboard the ship. The ship docked a week early in Guam after word of the COVID-19 cases was released. The USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain begged for help from the Navy.
The SF Chronicle reported,
In the four-page letter to senior military officials, Crozier said only a small contingent of infected sailors have been off-boarded. Most of the crew remain aboard the ship, where following official guidelines for 14-day quarantines and social distancing is impossible.
“Due to a warship’s inherent limitations of space, we are not doing this,” Crozier wrote. “The spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating.”
He asked for “compliant quarantine rooms” on shore in Guam for his entire crew “as soon as possible.”
“Removing the majority of personnel from a deployed U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier and isolating them for two weeks may seem like an extraordinary measure. … This is a necessary risk,” Crozier wrote. “Keeping over 4,000 young men and women on board the TR is an unnecessary risk and breaks faith with those Sailors entrusted to our care.”
Thomas Modly, acting Secretary of the Navy, told reporters that Crozier was removed as skipper of the USS Theodore Roosevelt because of how he asked for help, not because of it.
“I did not come to this decision lightly. I have no doubt in my mind [Captain] Crozier did what he thought was in the best interest [of] the safety and well being of his crew. Unfortunately, he did the opposite.
It unnecessarily raised alarms with the families of our sailors and Marines with no plan to address those concerns. It raised concerns about the operational security and operational capability of that ship that could have emboldened our adversaries to seek advantage and it undermined the chain of command.”
The Navy has been steadily removing the sailors to Guam. They are having to use hotels for beds, since there aren’t enough on the island. Since it’s an aircraft carrier, they can’t just leave it, as there are many things that must be done to the ship on an ongoing basis.
Which brings us to the Captain’s send off: to chants, cheers, and applause, Captain Crozier off-boarded the USS Theodore Roosevelt. As you will hear in this first video, one sailor says,
“That’s how you send out one of the greatest captains you ever had. The GOAT, the man for the people”
Featured photo: US Navy of Captain Brett Crozier