The US Navy may return Captain Brett Crozier to his carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, after a massive scandal concerning his alleged committing of OPSEC violations in order to raise awareness about the coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship.
Admiral Michael M. Gilday, the chief of naval operations, has indicated that he may reinstate Captain Crozier, as he has become popular with sailors and the general public for his release of a heavily CC’d email regarding the vulnerabilities of his crew.
Crozier has since tested positive for coronavirus.
“No final decisions have been made,” Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a spokesman for the admiral, when pressed by The New York Times.
While Gilday can recommend the decision, the Commander-in-Chief has the final say.
President Donald Trump, however, appears to be somewhat sympathetic to Crozier, implying that while the captain “made a mistake,” he was simply “having a bad day.”
Former Acting Naval Secretary Thomas Modly resigned after a leaked recording of his scolding of the TR’s crew -who showed great support for Crozier- became public.
Currently, around 615 Roosevelt crew members have tested positive for the Chinese-originated coronavirus. Despite high infection numbers, only five are in the hospital, one is in intensive care, and one has died.
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