Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Double damn

I had mentioned that my Son-In-Law is on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, where there had been an outbreak of the Kung Flu.  It looks like things are spicy:
Theodore Roosevelt captain makes urgent plea for individual quarantine sites as COVID-19 cases multiply

The commanding officer of aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt is urging the Navy to step up its response to COVID-19 and secure individualized isolation for the ship’s crew as COVID-19 cases aboard the ship continue to multiply, according to a new report. 
“Sailors do not need to die,” Crozier wrote in the letter. “If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors.”

Crozier said the situation would be different in a time of conflict, because “in combat we are willing to take certain risks that are not acceptable in peacetime.” 
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas said that the Navy “doesn’t disagree” with Crozier, and noted that the Navy has been working to remove sailors from the Roosevelt for days. But limited space in Guam is created some challenges, he said. 
“The problem is that Guam doesn’t have enough beds right now, so we’re having to talk to the government there to see if we can get some hotel space, create some tent-type facilities there,” Modly said in an interview with CNN Tuesday.
SECNAV getting involved does not suggest that this is no big deal.  I'd think that a Navy ship at sea is a pretty good petri dish for the Red Chinese Virus.

Hat tip to The Queen Of The World, who has pretty sharp eyes for family stuff.


LindaG said...

Have they looked at flying them to Okinawa? Or the Philippines?
Praying for them all.

Hoss said...

Im reading that things in the Philippines are deteriorating.

Ed Bonderenka said...
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Ed Bonderenka said...

I wonder if any subs have this?
I'm afraid to ask my son lest I get a "You don't have a need to know".
Prayers for your SIL and all our forces.

JNorth said...

Ugh... you can't quarantine on a ship, not in general at least for 99.99% of the crew. You actually can quarantine on a cruise ship and their are a bunch not being used right now. There is a solution;

1. We are the US Navy
2. We are taking your cruise ship
3. If you have a problem with that, see #1

Vitaeus said...

Don't ask about the sub's. None of the answers you get will make you happy. No comment is the best you get...

USN 1992 to 2004..