Coronavirus

Navy Captain Sacked for Saving His Crew

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It was not until Captain Brett Crozier of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier effectively blew the whistle by writing a letter to the Pentagon warning that the novel coronavirus was spreading among his crew that the former allowed the captain to quarantine the crew in Guam.

Two days after writing the letter, and now that his crew is being safely quarantined, the captain has been relieved from duty.

The removal of Captain Brett Crozier, first reported by Reuters, was announced by acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who said the senior officer of the nuclear-powered vessel of 5,000 crew members had exercised poor judgment in the way he “broadly” distributed his letter. [...]

I have no information nor am I trying to suggest that he leaked the information,” Modly told a news conference. “He sent it out pretty broadly, and in sending it out pretty broadly, he did not take care to ensure that it couldn’t be leaked, and that’s part of his responsibility.”

“It raised alarm bells unnecessarily.”

It "raised alarm bells," Trump appointee Thomas Modly says, but it seems to me that allowing the virus to spread unchecked on board a crowded ship and eventually infecting most of the crew would have been far more alarming than the captain's letter. As it stands, the ship is still operational, but it may not have been for long if the captain wasn't allowed to offload infected crew members.

Captain Crozier was cheered by his crew as he stepped off the ship last night.

It has not been that long since Trump pardoned an actual, convicted war criminal.

  • Badgerite

    I’m actually surprised they didn’t classify the letter as Top Hush before anyone even saw it. Must be some people in the chain of command who actually give a crap about the troops.

  • Nefercat

    The one ray of sunlight in this latest trump cruelty is that there are at least 5000 sailors who may start questioning the non-stop ever-present fox news on military bases and whether or not republicans actually do care about the troops.

    Also, for once, thanking Captain Crozier for his service is not an overused cliche.

  • Aynwrong

    And where, precisely are the “troop loving” conservatives that would be drafting articles of impeachment had any Democrat allowed the captain to be treated in this manner?

    No where because that love was never real to begin with. These people don’t respect the troops. They fetishize them and use them as political human shields.

    • Christopher Foxx

      And the majority of the troops still vote for Republicans.

  • muselet

    Modly said Crozier’s letter was sent through the chain of command but that the captain failed to safeguard its confidentiality.

    Oh. I see. And how was Brett Crozier meant to “safeguard its confidentiality” once it was in the hands of others?

    President Donald Trump, when asked about the captain during a White House news conference, disputed the notion that Crozier appeared to have been disciplined for trying to save the lives of sailors.

    “I don’t agree with that at all. Not at all. Not even a little bit,” Trump said.

    In other words, that’s precisely what happened.

    The only people who come out of this looking good are Captain Crozier and his crew.

    –alopecia