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Navy May Reinstate Former USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain Brett Crozier

The New York Times reports the chief of naval operations is reviewing the findings of a preliminary investigation into Capt. Brett Crozier's removal.
Posted at 9:33 AM, Apr 16, 2020

The Navy may reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier, who was relieved from command after raising concerns about COVID-19 spreading on the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

The New York Times reports Adm. Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations, is reviewing the findings of a preliminary investigation into Crozier's removal. 

A spokesman for the admiral told The Hill, "As the Chief of Naval Operations has made clear, all options are on the table."

The Times noted that Crozier "is viewed as a hero by his crew for putting their lives above his career."

Then-acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly removed Crozier earlier this month after the captain wrote a letter to Navy leaders suggesting some 50 sailors on his ship could die from the coronavirus. 

Modly argued that Crozier showed "extremely poor judgment" by sending the letter to dozens of people over an unclassified channel and making the vessel potentially vulnerable. 

Modly has since resigned from his post. At least one sailor assigned to the Roosevelt has died from COVID-19 and hundreds more have tested positive. The ship is currently docked in Guam, where crew members who have tested negative are isolating themselves at nearby hotels. 

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