Sens. Warner, Kaine express concern for military crew aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt


Reports say that more than 100 sailors onboard test positive for coronavirus

FILE – In this April 13, 2018, file photo the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is anchored off Manila Bay west of Manila, Philippines. The captain of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives. The ship is docked in Guam (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFXR) – U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine voiced concerns on Wednesday regarding the health and welfare of the military crew aboard the American Warship, the USS Theodore Roosevelt that is reported to have more than 100 sailors who have tested positive for coronavirus.

“We are writing about the recent developments aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) due to coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, so we can better understand the Navy’s plans for safeguarding its personnel and what Congress can do to assist your efforts. As you are aware, there are countless Virginians with family members serving aboard Navy warships who are all concerned about the health and well-being of their loved ones. We share these concerns for all our personnel serving in the military at this challenging time.”

Senator Mark Warner & Senator Tim Kaine

You can view the full letter here.

Earlier this week, Capt. Brett Crozier detailed in a letter to senior military officials, noted that the ship’s environment is conducive to the spread of COVID-19 due to the high number of sailors sharing confined spaces around the vessel.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt houses more than 4,000 crew members including the reported 100+ sailors who have tested positive for coronavirus.

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