The US Navy, on Wednesday, said it would conduct a more extensive analysis of the spread of the coronavirus on Board the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. This is likely to delay a decision on the future of the dismissed ship’s captain.
Captain Brett Crozier was suspended after his letter to the Navy leadership, calling for more robust measures to protect the crew was leaked to the media.
Last week, the commander of US naval operations, Admiral Mike Gilday, recommended that Crozier be reinstated at the end of the preliminary investigation.
“I still have questions that were not answered during the preliminary investigation. They can only be answered with more in-depth analysis,” acting Secretary of the Navy James McPherson said, adding that he had instructed Gilday to conduct further investigation to get “a complete picture of the sequence of events, actions, and decisions in the chain of command.”
This decision seems to meet the wishes of defense Minister Mark Esper, who advocated that decisions should be made only after receiving a full written report.
The results of the preliminary investigation were reported to Esper verbally, but he felt that this was not enough to make decisions.
According to official sources, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, also advocated for a broader investigation.
Crozier was among 940 members of the carrier’s crew who were diagnosed with the coronavirus. The whole team consists of 4,800 people.