The US Naval aircraft carrier captain who pleaded with the Pentagon to evacuate his vessel, ravaged by a COVID-19 infection, has been relived of duty for speaking publicly.
The Navy on Thursday removed the captain of an aircraft carrier crippled by the coronavirus, two days after a blunt letter the officer wrote warning the service of the need to get more sailors off the vessel created a furor.
Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, was relieved of command at the direction of acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly.
The Navy had become increasingly convinced that Crozier was involved in leaking the letter to the news media to force the service to address his concerns over the outbreak on his ship, a defense official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
Modly said that Crozier showed “poor judgment” by sending the letter by email to 20 or 30 people. He did not directly accuse Crozier of leaking the letter but noted that it appeared in Crozier’s hometown newspaper.
“I could reach no other conclusion than that Capt. Crozier had allowed the complexity of his challenge with the covid breakout on his ship to overwhelm his ability to act professionally, when acting professionally was what was needed most at the time,” Modly said at the Pentagon. “We do and we should expect more from the commanding officers of our aircraft carriers.”
Modly added a few minutes later that he did not mean to insinuate that he knew Crozier leaked the letter and believed the captain “did what he thought was in the best interest of the safety and the well-being of his crew.”
But Modly said the letter, first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday, undermined more senior Navy leaders and could have emboldened adversaries of the United States in the Pacific region. Modly said that Crozier had been told that he could communicate directly with Modly’s office.
There's no doubt in my mind of two things:
One, Captain Crozier wrote that letter because he knew the Pentagon expected him to remain on his carrier with COVID-19 ripping his crew apart, and that he was not going to get help in time.
Two, Captain Crozier sent that letter to multiple people, knowing it would be shared, knowing it would become public, knowing it would cost him his command and his career, in order to save his crew from the Trump regime who is willing to sacrifice millions of us to stay in power.
He did the right thing. He should be a hero. He sacrificed himself to save the people under his command.
That is something that the people currently running our government and our military have no intent on doing for any of us. We are all statistics to them, and we will die in droves as a result.