He faced massive criticism over his choice of words and his handling of the incident.
Capt. Brett Crozier, the captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt, had raised alarms over the possibility of his ship being completely affected by the virus after almost 100 crew members showed signs of COVID 19. His letter to the Navy officials had got leaked and as a result, he was relieved of his command. Reports suggested that he too may have been affected by the virus but it hasn't been confirmed by the Captain, so far.
Following the incident, the acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has spoken about the Captain, saying he may have been "too naive or too stupid to be the commanding officer of a ship like this." As reported by the Washington Post, the Modly resigned following the outrage over his comments and his resignation was accepted by the Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper.
Esper said in a memo: "The greatest respect for anyone who serves our country, and who places the greater good above all else. Secretary Modly did that today, and I wish him all the best."
Modly's comments had earlier leaked to the reporters and had enraged quite a few sailors on the ship that has now 230 cases of COVID 19. Modly also wrote a memo where he said: "You are justified in being angry with me about that. There is no excuse, but perhaps a glimpse of understanding, and hopefully empathy." He apologized for his remarks and said that the crew "deserved a lot more empathy and a lot less lecturing."