The Commanding Officer of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain Brett Crozier has called for the US Navy to take decisive action to protect the crew of the Covid-19 coronavirus-stricken carrier.

In a leaked letter seen by Naval Technology, Crozier said: “There are political challenges associated with securing individualised lodging for our crew. This will require a political solution but it is the right thing to do.

“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted assets – our sailors.”

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