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US Navy head calls for deeper probe into aircraft carrier COVID-19 outbreak
Thursday, 30 April 2020 23:34 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

The acting secretary of the Navy has called for a more thorough investigation into "unanswered questions" about events aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, as sailors who had been quarantined for weeks returned to the vessel.

œI have unanswered questions that the preliminary inquiry has identified and that can only be answered by a deeper review, acting Navy Secretary James McPherson said.

The carrier was the first Navy ship to experience a major COVID-19 outbreak at sea, sidelining the vessel in late March.

At the center of the review lies the fate of the¯Roosevelt™s¯captain,¯Brett Crozier, who was removed from his post for raising COVID-19 concerns in an email to superiors.¯ ¯

Media reports have said Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday recommended the unprecedented step of reinstating Crozier. McPherson on Wednesday said he was directing Gilday to expand the Navy™s preliminary report with a follow-on review.

Former acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly, who fired Crozier, resigned after audio was publicly released of him calling Crozier œtoo naïve or too stupid to be the commanding officer for sending his letter of concern to at least 20 Navy personnel.

Source: VOA news

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