Videos show sailors sending off ousted USS Roosevelt commander with cheers, applause

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Hundreds of Navy officers collected on board the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt’s hangar deck to cheer for and applaud their commander, hours following he was dismissed.

Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of duty on Thursday because of to a decline of self confidence in his ability to command and for not pursuing the chain of command to voice his considerations about coronavirus on the ship to support leaders.

A online video was posted to Michael Washington’s Facebook page, that has given that been reposted on various platforms, alongside with the hastags #MYCO and #WEARETRSTRONG.

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“That’s how you send out out just one of the biggest captains you at any time experienced,” another person states in the video clip. “The GOAT, the person for the individuals.”

The ship docked a 7 days earlier in Guam right after various cases of coronavirus were being described aboard the ship. Crozier wrote a letter to senior military officials, which was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle and published Tuesday.

The letter talked about circumstances on the ship, significantly with regards to the risk it posed to the sailors. Crozier warned that “if we do not act now, we are failing to appropriately get treatment of our most dependable asset – our sailors.”

Crozier went on to request to have virtually the entire crew removed to slow the spread of the outbreak.

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced Crozier’s removing through a Pentagon information convention on Thursday. Modly claimed that the letter “created a stress, a very little bit of panic on the ship.”

“This final decision is not a person of retribution,” Modly reported.


“I did not come to this final decision frivolously. I have no question in my mind [Captain] Crozier did what he believed was in the finest desire [of] the security and properly being of his crew. Sad to say, he did the opposite.

“It unnecessarily elevated alarms with the households of our sailors and Marines with no program to deal with individuals worries,” Modley ongoing. “It elevated worries about the operational safety and operational ability of that ship that could have emboldened our adversaries to seek gain and it undermined the chain of command.”

Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, right, said the ship's commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, left, "demonstrated extremely poor judgement" in the middle of a crisis.

Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, suitable, reported the ship’s commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, left, “shown really weak judgement” in the middle of a crisis.

He was also not satisfied the letter was despatched out over e-mail that is “not secure.”

Modly said he did not mind Crozier increasing concerns, but “it was the way in which he did it.”

Modly said it “designed stress on the ship” and “misrepresented the details,” adding that Americans back home have been “panicked.”

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The Navy has by now moved some 1,000 sailors off the ship and was doing the job to eliminate a different 2,700 by Friday.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin and Frank Miles contributed to this report.