Navy fires captain who sought help for San Diego-based carrier

Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-striken ship
Posted at 3:00 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 19:47:17-04

The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people.

Navy Secretary Thomas Modly says the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt’s commander, Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, “demonstrated extremely poor judgement” in the middle of a crisis.

He says the captain copied too many people on the memo, which was leaked to a California newspaper and quickly spread to many news outlets.