The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing coronavirus outbreak has been fired. Navy leaders said Thursday the captain created a panic by sending a memo pleading for help to too many people. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly says Capt. Brett Crozier demonstrated "poor judgment” in a crisis. Modly says the captain copied too many people on the memo, which was leaked to a California newspaper and quickly spread to many news outlets. Crozier raised warnings the ship was facing a growing virus outbreak and asked permission to isolate the bulk of his crew members on shore. He said, “We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die."
Posted at 4:49 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 06:33:23-04
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