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USS Theodore Roosevelt gets underway after nearly 2 months battling coronavirus

USS Theodore Roosevelt gets underway after nearly 2 months battling coronavirus

“It feels great to be back at sea,” said Rear Adm. Stu Baker, commander of Carrier Strike Group 9. “Getting Theodore Roosevelt and Carrier Air Wing 11 one step closer to returning to their mission in the Indo-Pacific is a great achievement for the crew.”

While completing their deployment, the crew will execute Covid-19 mitigation measures including wearing masks, sanitizing shared spaces and maintaining social distance, according to the Navy.

The ship’s former commanding officer, Capt. Brett Crozier, was fired after sending a memo to Navy leaders pleading for help as the virus spread through the ship. Then-acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly removed Crozier from command for his actions, then resigned after blasting Crozier in a speech to the ship’s crew.

Navy leaders recommended reinstating Crozier after an initial review, then were directed to conduct a deeper investigation into how the matter was handled. That investigation is due next Wednesday.

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