THE US Navy could reinstate sacked Captain Crozier to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, weeks after he was removed for raising the alarm about the coronavirus crisis.
Defense Department officials announced on Wednesday that the Navy is looking into reelecting the captain.
Chief of naval operations, Admiral Michael Gilday, has indicated that Capt. Brett E. Crozier might be reinstated, according to officials.
However, Commander Nate Christensen, a spokesman for Gilday, told the New York Times: "No final decisions have been made."
During an interview with the Today show on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper also suggested that the Captain could be reinstated.
He said: "It will come to me at some point in time. As I’m in the chain of command, I can’t comment on that further, but I got to keep an open mind with regard to everything.
"We’ve got to take this one step at a time, let the investigation within the navy conclude itself … and we’ll make very reasoned opinions and judgements as this progresses."
The Captain was dubbed a "hero" by sailors for sounding the alarm about the COVID-19 crisis on board his ship.
Just last week, Crozier tested positive for the deadly disease and has been in isolation since his diagnosis.
A sailor aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt died on Monday from the coronavirus, after testing positive on March 30.
On Thursday, the US Navy reported that 94 per cent of the sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt have been tested for the coronavirus, according to Voice of America.
The results showed that 655 sailors were positive, while 3,919 were negative.
Six sailors are also being treated at the US Naval Hospital in Guam for the disease, and one sailor is in intensive care.
The Navy also reported a total of 1,224 confirmed cases among military, civilian employees, contractors and dependents.
Last month, Capt. Brett Crozier warned about a growing number cases among sailors on the vessel in a letter to the Navy's top brass, and called for urgent help.
In his letter to Navy leaders, Crozier said: “We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die," he said.
"If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors."
In the request, he has asked bosses for permission to isolate the bulk of his 5,000- strong crew on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Crozier had shown “extremely poor judgement” in widely distributing the letter via email, and added he "lost confidence in [Crozier's] ability to lead that warship."
He said the letter was sent outside the chain of command while the Navy was already "fully responding."
Modly fired Crozier and flew to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, at a port in Guam, and told the ship's crew Crozier was either “too naive or too stupid” to be in charge of an aircraft carrier, and said he would be reassigned within the Navy.
On April 2, the Captain was removed from command.
In videos posted online of his exit, one person can be heard shouting: "Now that's how you send off one of the greatest captains you ever had."
Hundreds chanted "Captain Crozier!" and in one video, a man calls him the "G.O.A.T.," or the "greatest of all time," and "a man of the people."
After Crozier's firing, President Donald Trump said he might get involved in the situation, calling Modly's criticism "a rough statement."
The president said Crozier made a mistake when he sent the memo to several people laying out his concerns about the crew and the virus.
Trump said Crozier — who has tested positive for the coronavirus — had a good career prior to this incident and said: "I don’t want to destroy somebody for having a bad day.”
The current coronavirus death toll in the US is 28,580.
The total number of confirmed cases is currently 644,823.
However, at least 48,710 people have recovered from the deadly disease.
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