The captain of a warship was removed from his post after unveiling the outbreak of the coronavirus on board
The Navy decided to remove the “alarmist” captain from his position due to the fact that he used the “unprotected” communication channels to alert management about an emergency on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
It is reported that Capt. Brett Crozier raised the alarm after many had symptoms of flu-like illness. After passing the tests, almost a hundred people were coronavirus-positive, which forced the Navy leadership to isolate almost 1000 sailors.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced at a news conference on Thursday that Captain Crozier would remain with his rank but would not continue serving at USS Theodore Roosevelt.
"I have no doubt in my mind that Captain Crozier did what he thought was in the best interest of the safety and well-being of his crew," Modly said. "Unfortunately, it did the opposite. It unnecessarily raised the alarm of the families of our sailors and Marines with no plans to address those concerns."
Many politicians condemned the actions of the military, considering it unreasonable to dismiss the captain because of his desire to save his subordinates..
“The dismissal of Captain Crozier at this critical moment, as the sailors aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt are confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic, is a reckless, political move that reeks of undue command influence," read the statement from chairman Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, subcommittee chairs Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut, Rep. John Garamendi of California and Rep. Jackie Speier of California, reports NBC News.