Navy captain gets fired over COVID-19 whistleblowing. Officials say he should be reinstated

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Photo: APRA HARBOR, Guam - Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt depart the ship, April 10, 2020. Upon arriving in Guam on March 27, Theodore Roosevelt established an Emergency Command Center, initiated a roving and deep cleaning team, and continually educated the crew on social distancing and proper protective procedures and behaviors, to assist the crew in mitigating the spread of COVID. Photo credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Christop.

Captain Brett Crozier was removed as commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in early April for sounding the alarm over a coronavirus outbreak on his San Diego-based aircraft carrier. Now a new recommendation from top Navy officials says he should be reinstated. 

So far, 856 sailors have tested positive on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, including Crozier.  

It’s unclear how many sailors have tested positive for COVID-19 on Navy vessels, but more than 25 ships have reported cases aboard.