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Top Navy official recommends reinstatement of fired USS Roosevelt commander

Navy recommends reinstatement of captain fired over virus warning
Navy recommends reinstatement of captain fired over virus warning 01:50

The chief of naval operations has recommended that Captain Brett Crozier be reinstated as the commander of the USS Roosevelt, CBS News has confirmed. In his recommendation to reinstate Crozier, chief of Naval operations Admiral Michael Gilday essentially exonerates the captain for sending out a memo warning sailors would die at sea if the Navy did not act faster to get them off the ship. 

Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Mark Esper had suggested it was possible Crozier's command of the carrier might be restored once an investigation into his firing was complete. Gilday had ordered the investigation into the firing. 

Crozier was removed from his command after a memo he circulated pleading for help from Washington became public. As of Friday, 856 members of the 4,000-person crew on the USS Roosevelt, a Navy aircraft carrier docked in Guam, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Navy said 112 sailors have recovered and more than 4,200 have moved ashore.

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said Crozier had gone outside the chain of command by not bringing his concerns to his direct superior. Within days, Modly resigned after a recording of him harshly criticizing Crozier was made public.

The New York Times first reported the Navy's recommendation.

David Martin and Mary Walsh contributed to this report.

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