On Tuesday, officials reported that three US sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) have been tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It is the first case reported on a US Navy ship currently on deployment.
“Three cases of COVID-19 have been identified among personnel currently deployed and underway on the USS Theodore Roosevelt,” Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly revealed on Tuesday.
The three have been evacuated and more than 5000 personnel on board, who have into contact with them, have been quarantined, Modly told reporters. “This is an example of our ability to keep our ships deployed at sea even with active COVID-19 cases,” he added.
“Our ships are sailing, our planes are flying, and training is still happening to safeguard our US national interests and those of all of our allies and partners around the world,” the acting secretary said.
The ship visited various ports and 15 days ago the vessel was in Vietnam. The Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday said it was difficult to connect the cases to a particular port visit. He further informed that the Navy has 86 coronavirus cases, including 57 active-duty service members.
“We took great precautions when the crew came back from that shore visit, and did enhanced medical screenings of the crew,” he added. According to US media, the ship is currently in port in San Diego.