Ten weeks after a major coronavirus outbreak, one of the Navy’s signature battleships was sidelined, the U.S. military said. Theodore Roosevelt returns to the sea and conducts military operations in the Pacific.
Wearing a flight deck with a white uniform in their attire, the sailors wearing white masks stood securely in a final 10-foot space, thanks to the ship’s departure from the port in Guam on Thursday as it flew into the Philippines.
“We managed the train we didn’t usually do. It had a lot of signs,” Navy Captain Carlos Surtello told The Associated Press on Thursday from the ship. “They’re excited.
Roosevelt entered Guam on March 27, and the rapidly increasing number of sailors favored the virus. Over time, more than 1,000 people have been infected with COVID-19, which set in motion a lengthy and systematic process of moving about 4,000 sailors to the shore for isolation and treatment, while about 800 people aboard high-tech systems, including nuclear reactors. It operates the ship.
Slowly, the sailors were formally brought back aboard, and the rest of the crew went to shore for their forced two-week isolation. In late March, the ship, which had about 3,000 employees, went to sea for about two weeks of training, including the reconstruction of the air base and the battalion, the departure and landing of the carrier.
Earlier this week, Roosevelt returned to Guam after completing training, taking nearly 1,000 sailors who were either left alone to complete their isolation or to manage and work with those still on the island. On its way to the port, it flew a flag from the war of 1812 with the words “Don’t Give Up the Ship”, a famous naval warship.
“Our sailors didn’t leave the ship. They fought and got it back. So I thought it was appropriate, ”said Sardello, who told one of the other naval ships to borrow their flag. “The ship was clean and the ship was healthy without the COVID suits. So I said, ‘Well, we’re going to fly to Guam once in a while to boost their morale.’
RS1 Katie Vandrimmelan was one of the sailors who went ashore during a two-week training session. He tested positive for the virus and remained in isolation for about five weeks. Getting back on the ship is like getting home from a deployment, he said.
“It was amazing,” said VanTrimmelan from Ogden, Utah. “It was so comforting to be back in our normal atmosphere. Everyone was happy.”
Sardello said it was a great feeling to see the sailors aboard, but he knew he was not done yet. There are 350 more sailors in Guam who are either alone or as support workers.
“Most of those sailors meet the criteria for return to work, and we fly them every day. So we’re reducing that number day by day, ”said Certillo. “But I want those 350 people back. We’re working hard for that.”
Any sailors who do not heal in a timely manner will be sent to the U.S. He said the vessel is expected to continue operating in the Pacific and then return home to San Diego later this summer.
Roosevelt is at the center of a dispute that has not yet been resolved, which prompted the firing of the ship’s former captain, the resignation and outburst of the Navy Secretary, and a detailed investigation into how top naval commanders handled it.
Sartello, formerly head of Roosevelt, but was abruptly shipped in early April. Captain Brett Croshier was fired for urging his generals to act swiftly to fire his commanders.
After an initial inspection last month, Admiral, the Navy’s top officer. Mike Kilday suggested Crozier be re-captained. But the Navy decided to conduct a broad investigation.
That review, which effectively delayed the decision on Crozier’s restructuring, was submitted to Kildare at the end of March, and he is still reviewing a comprehensive report, including several hundred-page interviews, documents and recommendations.
Ciemtiar. Kildare spokesman Nate Christensen said the admiral would take the time to complete his review and make any decisions.