Capt. Brett Crozier
The commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt broke the chain of command and used a regular email to send out sensitive information, which put national security at risk, acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly said, explaining his decision to fire the captain.
Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of command on Thursday, following the leak of his four-page memo in which he pleaded for the Navy’s “decisive action” to evacuate 4,000 sailors from Roosevelt as Covid-19 transmission has accelerated on the 5,000-crew carrier.
Crozier will be temporarily replaced by the carrier’s executive officer, Captain Dan Keeler, until Rear Admiral Select Carlos Sardiello arrives in Guam to assume command, Modly said in a statement. Roosevelt has been ported in Guam since last week after completing its port visit to Vietnam.
“Rear Admiral Select Sardiello is the former commanding officer of the Theodore Roosevelt so he is extremely well-acquainted with the ship, many members of its crew and the operations and capabilities of the ship itself. He is the best person i