Aircraft Carrier Captain Pleads For Help To Save 4,000 Sailors As Number Of Coronavirus Cases Grow

Aircraft Carrier Captain Pleads For Help To Save 4,000 Sailors As Number Of Coronavirus Cases Grow

They are stuck on the ship!

The USS Theodore Roosevelt is a nuclear aircraft carrier currently docked at Guam with 4,000 members of the crew on-deck and already a 100 positive cases of Coronavirus. The members on the ship are under massive pressure as the threat of the virus spreading exponentially is a very real one. Given the close contact in which the crew members operate and the close-quarters in which they stay, controlling the spread would be impossible if they aren't rescued immediately.

In an exclusive report by the San Fransisco Chronicle, Capt. Brett E. Crozier, the captain of the ship has written to plead with the U.S. Navy to allow isolation for the entire crew and to take effective actions urgently. He wrote: "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."

He wrote: "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. 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."

The news of the ship's situation spread rapidly after the report was published and the Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly spoke to CNN on Tuesday saying: "I heard about the letter from Capt. Crozier (Tuesday) morning, I know that our command organization has been aware of this for about 24 hours and we have been working actually the last seven days to move those sailors off the ship and get them into accommodations in Guam. The problem is that Guam doesn’t have enough beds right now and we’re having to talk to the government there to see if we can get some hotel space, create tent-type facilities."

Modly explained further, saying: "We don’t disagree with the (captain) on that ship and we’re doing it in a very methodical way because it’s not the same as a cruise ship, that ship has armaments on it, it has aircraft on it, we have to be able to fight fires if there are fires on board the ship, we have to run a nuclear power plant, so there’s a lot of things that we have to do on that ship that make it a little bit different and unique but we’re managing it and we’re working through it."

The Captain is currently awaiting instructions about the way to proceed and hopefully, nothing worse will befall these men in this difficult time.

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