Modly Apologizes to Roosevelt Crew, Former CO as Navy Extends Investigation; Trump Says He ‘May Just Get Involved’

Modly Apologizes to Roosevelt Crew, Former CO as Navy Extends Investigation; Trump Says He ‘May Just Get Involved’

Capt. Brett Crozier, then-commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, addresses the crew during an all-hands call in the ship’s hangar bay on March 3, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional statements from Rep Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Rep. Joe Courtney ((D-Conn.) and a statement from acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly.

The Navy is going to extend an investigation into the circumstances around a leaked message from the commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) to service leadership sounding the alarm his sailors were at risk from an “accelerating” COVID-19 outbreak on the aircraft carrier. Read More

COVID-19 Pandemic Pushing Navy to 100 Percent Virtual Recruiting

COVID-19 Pandemic Pushing Navy to 100 Percent Virtual Recruiting

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (March 13, 2020) Lt. Rob Slye reviews available jobs in the Personalized Recruiting for Immediate and Delayed Enlistment (PRIDE) office. Navy photo

Naval operations might be slowed because of the Department of Defense’s work trying to stop the spread of COVID-19, but the service’s need for new sailors hasn’t abated. Read More

Navy Rolls Out Temporary Fix for Networks Strained from Telework Requirements

Navy Rolls Out Temporary Fix for Networks Strained from Telework Requirements

Master Chief Navy Counselor Stephen Callaghan, (far left), chief recruiter at Navy Talent Acquisition Group Philadelphia, conducts virtual leading petty officer (LPO) qualification boards, subscribing to the maximum teleworking directive as COVID-19 preventative measures. Navy Photo)

Nearly a month into encouraging a large portion of its force to work remotely as a part of a COVID-19 response, the Navy is pushing out a temporary work-around to help civilian and military personnel accomplish their tasks while away from the office and despite an overloaded network.

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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 6, 2020

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 6, 2020

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 6, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Navy Probe into Letter From Carrier Roosevelt CO Ends Monday; Report Says Brett Crozier Has COVID-19

Navy Probe into Letter From Carrier Roosevelt CO Ends Monday; Report Says Brett Crozier Has COVID-19

Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), gives remarks during an all-hands call on the ship’s flight deck on Dec. 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with new COVID-19 data from the Navy.

A swift investigation into circumstances around a leaked letter from a carrier commander warning leaders his sailors were at risk from a COVID-19 outbreak is set to end on Monday, Navy officials told USNI News Read More

UPDATED: COVID-19 Patients Accidentally Transferred to Hospital Ship Comfort; Pentagon Easing Rules on Patients Treated

UPDATED: COVID-19 Patients Accidentally Transferred to Hospital Ship Comfort; Pentagon Easing Rules on Patients Treated

Lance Cpls. Andrew Hatmaker, left, and Travis Passaro, middle, and Hospital Corpsman Zachary Faull, assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force, walk along Pier 90, as part of a Marine security detachment supporting the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) on April 2, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional information about five COVID-19 patients who were transferred to USNS Comfort on Saturday.

After public criticism flared late Thursday that USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) was treating too few patients while New York City hospitals grapple with COVID-19 cases, defense officials on Friday agreed to ease requirements for patients treated by the 1,000-bed hospital ship. Read More

USS Makin Island Departs San Diego in Early Test of COVID-19 Fleet Countermeasures

USS Makin Island Departs San Diego in Early Test of COVID-19 Fleet Countermeasures

SAN DIEGO (April 1, 2020) – The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island’s (LHD 8) Chiefs Mess poses for a photo on the flight deck in honor of the 127th Chief Petty Officer birthday. Makin Island personnel maintain mission-oriented social distancing as part of coronavirus mitigation measures to ensure the health of the crew. The crew is currently sequestered aboard the ship to ensure the health of the force while maintaining mission readiness. Navy photo

Eight days after 1,900 sailors boarded the ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, two of the ARG’s three ships had departed San Diego for an upcoming exercise as the Navy is restricting non-deployed movements to contain the spread of COVID-19 among its fleet.

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USS Bataan Enters Persian Gulf; Carrier Truman Now in the Mediterranean

USS Bataan Enters Persian Gulf; Carrier Truman Now in the Mediterranean

An MH-60S Knight Hawk, assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, places cargo on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD5), during a vertical replenishment between Bataan and the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE-12) on Dec. 31, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are now in the Persian Gulf as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) crossed the Suez Canal and is now operating in the Mediterranean Sea after spending several weeks in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Navy officials told USNI News on Friday.

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