USS Theodore Roosevelt prepares to go back to sea after virus outbreak
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In this March 18, 2020, photo provided by the U.S. Navy, an F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the western North Pacific Ocean. The Navy’s top admiral will soon decide the fate of the ship captain who was fired after pleading for his superiors to move faster to safeguard his coronavirus-infected crew on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas V. Huynh/U.S. Navy via AP))
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Posted at 6:18 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated2020-05-05 06:18:45-04
WASHINGTON - The message driving the hard-working crew of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is simple: It’s time to get back to work.
Preparing the ship now off the coast of Guam for sea duty is a meticulous task involving its 4,800 sailors and commander, Capt. Carlos Sardiello.
Most of the crew were sent ashore for quarantine last month and the ship underwent multiple cleanings daily.
At least 1,000 Theodore Roosevelt sailors are still testing positive for the virus, and only those who prove to be virus-free after two tests are allowed back on board.
The ship is expected to head out to sea in a couple of weeks.
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