Navy Leadership Considers Reinstatement for Capt Crozier 

This was Captain Brett Crozier washing dishes last Thanksgiving in the scullery while @TheRealCVN71 was underway in Pacific so junior crew members could get time for holiday meal. (This is how its done). US Navy photo Airman DJ Schwartz.

The recommendation to restore the standing or permanently demote Captain Brett Crozier, Commanding Officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt lies in the hands of Adm. Gilday and Navy leadership. 

Positive sentiment, from his direct reports on the ship, all the way up to U.S. President Donald J. Trump, has been wind in the sails for Crozier, who is reportedly set to get a positive nod from military brass as early as this week. 

The captain had his crew in mind when he pleaded for assistance from military leadership to slow the onboard spread of the Corona Virus. He was removed from his role as CO on April 2. As of Friday, 856 sailors from the Roosevelt tested positive for the virus. 

On April 21, Adm. Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations met with Gen Mark. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss the investigation regarding Crozier, according to USA Today, citing anonymous officials briefed on the negotiations.

Gilday met with Defense Secretary Mark Esper April 24, receiving a verbal update from the acting Secretary of the Navy and CNO on their preliminary inquiry into the Corona Virus outbreak on the Roosevelt. 

Once Gilday receives a written copy of the inquiry, he will review the recommendation and meet with Navy leadership to determine next steps.  

The main focus is “restoring the full health of the crew and getting the ship at sea again soon” said Jonathan Rath Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs). 

Prior to the meeting on Friday, Jonathan Hoffman, Esper’s chief spokesman said that Esper was going into the discussion with an open mind and in general would be “inclined to support Navy leadership in their decision.” 

Once the investigation concludes and a decision is made, the US Navy will be able to take a collective sigh of relief. Their focus can return to the task of getting their crew healthy and ready to head out to sea again.  

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APRA HARBOR, Guam (April 22, 2020) Rear Adm. Stu Baker, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, gives blood for a serology study aimed at identifying antibodies associated with COVID-19 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), April 22, 2020. Upon arriving in Guam March 27, Theodore Roosevelt es-tablished an Emergency Command Center, initiated a roving and deep cleaning team, and continually educated the crew on social distancing and proper protective procedures and behaviors, to assist the crew in mitigating and controlling the spread of COVID. Theodore Roosevelt is in Guam for a scheduled port visit for resupply and crew rest during their scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Spe-cialist Seaman Kaylianna Genier)

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