Nightmare at Sea: Aircraft Carrier Needs Help as Social Distancing Impossible

Mish

Over 100 crew on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt are infected with the coronavirus. The captain seeks Navy help.

A hundred crew members aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt are stricken with the coronavirus according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Wall Street Journal reports "at least 70".

Space limitations on military ships do not lend themselves with social distancing so the Aircraft Carrier Captain Pleads for Help from the Navy.

The captain of a nuclear aircraft carrier with more than 100 sailors infected with the coronavirus pleaded Monday with U.S. Navy officials for resources to allow isolation of his entire crew and avoid possible deaths in a situation he described as quickly deteriorating.

The unusual plea from Capt. Brett Crozier, a Santa Rosa native, came in a letter obtained exclusively by The Chronicle and confirmed by a senior officer on board the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, which has been docked in Guam following a COVID-19 outbreak among the crew of more than 4,000 less than a week ago.

Similarly, the WSJ reports Captain of Virus-Stricken Navy Aircraft Carrier Asks for More Help

“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die,” wrote Capt. Brett Crozier, commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that had been operating in the Pacific.

“If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset—our sailors.”

In his memo, Capt. Crozier described the limitations of testing, saying that of the first 33 sailors tested for coronavirus, seven who tested negative displayed symptoms of infection one to three days later.

Capt. Crozier said that the ship’s close quarters rendered the carrier unable to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing. He wrote that close quarters, shared meals and bathroom spaces are “most conducive” to the spread of the virus.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Sechel
Sechel

nightmare scenario. they need to get the crew off, disinfect the vessel and get a skeleton crew to run and guard the ship a nuclear powered aircraft

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

"We are not at war."

What alternate universe is the Captain of that ship living in?

njbr
njbr

"I like the numbers where they are. I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship"

thimk
thimk

Our trillion dollar defense system suddenly immobilized by an invisible enemy . The military will allocate much PPE from the private sector. So make yourself a face mask - posting available NOW in the community section.

DBG8489
DBG8489

Actually, news reports yesterday revealed that the USS Ronald Reagan is also fighting an outbreak, which doubles the count of carriers fighting the virus.

Around the same time that information was released, the Stars and Stripes reported that all US DOD assets and commands had been ordered to stop sharing infection numbers publicly.

Smart move. The last thing you want is some country or countries thinking (knowing) that we are weakened.

It also makes one wonder about the offhand remark of General Terrence O'Shaughnessy - the man in charge of NORAD and NORTHCOM -on the move of a significant number of personell to Cheyenne Mountain, that his

"...primary concern was … are we going to have the space inside the mountain for everybody who wants to move in there, and I'm not at liberty to discuss who's moving in there..."

Things that make you go "Hm..."

Invigilator
Invigilator

Don't suppose we will be seeing this on Smithsonian TV? In their mighty US military series ... a pity - as it would get us away from all that jingoistic nonsense.

abend237-04
abend237-04

The MAD defense strategy looks real smart about now, for everyone.

NewUlm
NewUlm

Looks like the navy is running an experiment - What is the impact of C19 in a younger population (practic for our next set of guidelines sheltering in place - for the older population only). On a ship, I would guess the average age is 30ish, which has a mortality rate between .01 and .03% if that is accurate (but they should have few co-mobilities) -> the result would be 5-15 dead for a crew of 5K. Not a number that shuts down operations, simply not enough of the crew sick at any one time.

Questions - how long were they at sea? I found a Jan 17th sail date. The first US case was reported on Jan 19th. Were any screenings done prior to leaving shore? How many people rotate on from the US or other locations? Humm... this puts timelines in question. This will be an interesting one to watch.

karlwaldman
karlwaldman

ugh - my nephew has orders to fly out to that ship - hope they get canceled.

wootendw
wootendw

I hope these sailors are okay but it's time for the US military/foreign policy establishment to step back from its wasteful operations around the globe. No country is a threat to US. 'We' have been the aggressors for the past 30 years and the results are horrific for people in other countries.

Carl_R
Carl_R

If it spreads by aerosol, as a recent study indicates, all ships will spread it through their air circulation.

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

The only thing this says to me is that $USD as global reserve currency is in its final days. Prepare yourselves accordingly.

lol
lol

Everyone on that CVBG will eventually contract the virus,that was the PLA's original plan.PI recruits will all get it,spreading it to Lejuene,trillion dollar military will be down for the count.

SmokeyIX
SmokeyIX

If they haven't been quarantining new arrivals for at least 14 days before allowing them onto the carrier, then they were just begging for this to happen.

FloydVanPeter
FloydVanPeter

Moronic from military operations perspective. Should have been on hermetic lockdown from mid Jan with strict protocols in place wrt supplies.

FloydVanPeter
FloydVanPeter

The stats coming out of this experiment might be the only useful thing we will ever get of this tax payer funded toys.


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