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.