'Sailors do not need to die': Captain of aircraft carrier begs for help with onboard COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 31, 2020
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The captain of the Roosevelt did not beg for help. Your headlines and text are
sensationalist. Exactly what we don't need at the present time.
 
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Apr 1, 2020
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The captain of the Roosevelt did not beg for help. Your headlines and text are
sensationalist. Exactly what we don't need at the present time.
I totally agree. The captain of a United States Navy nuclear carrier does not need to beg or grovel. He can request as polite representative of the most powerful navy in the world
 
Apr 1, 2020
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Adapt and improvise. Carriers are huge and moving berthing around to have a make shift quarantined area does not seem impossible. Besides, only the serious covid19 cases need hospitalization and it's very rare that someone under 50 becomes serious.

Btw, how did the SanFran Chronicle acquire this request?
 
Mar 29, 2020
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Adapt and improvise. Carriers are huge and moving berthing around to have a make shift quarantined area does not seem impossible. Besides, only the serious covid19 cases need hospitalization and it's very rare that someone under 50 becomes serious.

Btw, how did the SanFran Chronicle acquire this request?
relatively they are huge, but with 4000 crew, there isn't a lot of spare space. It might seem like there would be, but 4000 is a lot, and much of the ship's volume is taken up by the mechanics of the ship, aircraft it's carrying, etc. The problem is they need to separate all 4000 from each other because half of those carrying the virus probably aren't showing symptoms, and even if 4000 tests are sent, it takes 2-3 days to get results.
 
Mar 27, 2020
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The CO should get tents and cots from Guam and set up a hospital on the flight deck. Doctors and equipment needed for care could be flown in from Hawaii or the ststes. That way the sick would be separated from the rest of the crew. This solution could be effected in a minimum time frame.
 
Apr 1, 2020
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Really? In this day and age, the commander wrote a letter begging for help? A letter? So the satellite communications and secure transmissions weren't available? I'm calling BS on this one. The Captian begging? In whose Navy do captains beg? They take action. BTW 5,000 onboard, most under 40, few over 60, none with serious underlying health conditions, fully equipped sickbay and staff, ability to fly off personnel as needed, fully able to segregate and quarantine as needed.......... this is not a critical situation that can't be handled through the normal process.
 
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relatively they are huge, but with 4000 crew, there isn't a lot of spare space. It might seem like there would be, but 4000 is a lot, and much of the ship's volume is taken up by the mechanics of the ship, aircraft it's carrying, etc. The problem is they need to separate all 4000 from each other because half of those carrying the virus probably aren't showing symptoms, and even if 4000 tests are sent, it takes 2-3 days to get results.
If you compare this vessel to the Diamond Princess cruise vessel that had 3500 people, only 20% (700) got infected, not 50%. The whole hanger bay can be unloaded of aircraft by flying them to Guam. Unloading a carrier of aircraft happens every time a carrier comes home, not a big deal to do. With the Hanger Bay vacant, surely a make shift quarantined area can be constructed.
 
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Sailor's on a Carrier like tourists stuck on a cruise ship is not a good thing.
Very hard to stop onboard.
Hope the Navy is being exceptionally careful about how they are preparing the food so they are not feeding the virus the Crew.
IMO one of the reasons the virus is so hard to stop on cruise ships is that food is being contaminated in the ship's kitchen an then delivered to the passengers.
 
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The crew of an aircraft carrier is not going to have the same population of at-risk people as a cruise ship--quite the opposite I would hope. I thought the captain and crew should have sucked it up--or at least make damn sure the press didn't get hold of his "plea".

And the navy cashiered the captain today.
 

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