USS Theodore Roosevelt: Crozier Assigned to San Diego; Sardiello Embraces Ambivalent Crew

A sailor assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt prepares to board the aircraft carrier at Naval Base Guam, Friday, May 1, 2020. Those who have tested negative for the coronavirus, are asymptomatic and have completed their off-ship quarantine or isolation are allowed aboard the ship.
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Captain Crozier arrived in San Diego on Monday for a temporary duty assignment at

Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, known as AIRPAC.

He will serve as special assistant to the Naval Air Forces chief of staff, said Cmdr. Ron Flanders, Naval Air Forces.

Meanwhile, the Roosevelt’s new commander, Capt. Carlos Sardiello began his mission of bringing the crew under his control, after telling CBS NEws, “the mood of the crew was a challenging situation.”

Last month, the Navy brass recommended that Crozier be returned to his role as the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Acting Secretary of the Navy, James McPherson ordered a secondary investigation of the Corona Virus outbreak onboard the ship. When asked if this temporary assignment was an indication of a decision on reinstating Crozier, Flanders only comment was, “That’s above us.”

Captain Crozier was relieved of command on April 2 after the letter he wrote outlining his concerns of the virus spreading rapidly to the crew was leaked to the press.

The Roosevelt was put under the command of Capt. Carlos Sardiello, legendary for scoring the first and only missile strike on a S-3B Viking anti-submarine jet five days into Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Plans to get underway soon mean that sailors who have not finished their quarantine period will remain on Guam. Sailors who have completed quarantine are returning to the thoroughly cleaned ship. The sailors that are allowed back on board tested negative for the Corona Virus three times.

The returning sailors are given an N95 mask that is to be worn at all times, with the exception of sleeping, showering or eating.

“We’ve taken 45 days from that business (of patrolling) and it’s a dangerous business, so we have a lot of training to complete,” Roosevelt commander Capt. Carlos Sardiello told CBS News.

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