The acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced in a statement.
The captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt, Capt. Brett Crozier, had written to the U.S. Navy a few days earlier pleading for help as there were a number of positive Coronavirus cases on board and that was putting almost 4,800 crew members on risk. The letter had leaked to the media causing massive outrage as well as an explanation from the Navy Officials that they will soon act on it.
According to The Hill, Capt. Brett Crozier has now been relieved of his command and the acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced the same on Thursday. Thomas Modly said: "Today at my direction the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of command."
He added: "I have no doubt in my mind that Capt. Crozier did what he thought was in the best interest of the safety and well being of his crew. Unfortunately it did the opposite." He said: "In my judgment, relieving him of command was in the best interest of the United States Navy and the nation in this time when the nation needs the Navy to be strong and confident in the face of adversity." He said that the Captain's actions led to panic among the family members of the crew and may have provided information about the ship's capabilities to the adversaries.
According to The Hill, 114 sailors on board the Roosevelt have tested positive for COVID-19 and the 4,800-crew ship has been docked in Guam since last week.