The captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt has been fired over the leak of his memo revealing the acceleration of Covid-19 transmission in the carrier, which has 5,000 sailors aboard.
"Today, at my direction, the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Capt. Brett Crozier, was relieved of command," acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday. "I did not come to this decision lightly."
Crozier on Sunday wrote a letter to Navy leadership pleading for a "decisive action" to get the sailors off shore to curb further spread of Covid-19, which has infected nearly 93 sailors.
Crozier's letter was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle, the captain's hometown newspaper, which published the commanding officer's letter Tuesday. It has since publicly circulated.
"The spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating," the CO wrote in the letter. "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."