Five more sailors aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) are tested positive with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This brought the total number of infected sailors aboard the carrier to eight. The Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly had earlier announced that three sailors aboard the ship were diagnosed with COVID-19. According to the Acting Navy Secretary, these infected individuals were evacuated from the ship.
The aircraft carrier is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean. She recently conducted a scheduled port visit to Da Nang, Vietnam accompanied by the Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52).
Multiple sailors abroad an aircraft carrier like USS Theodore Roosevelt being tested positive with COVID-19 is a cause of major concern for the Navy. The ship has a crew complement of around 5,000 including the ship’s company and air wing who support and conduct air operations at sea.
USS Theodore Roosevelt is America’s fourth Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The Theodore Roosevelt CGS is currently forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations “in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region”.
The Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group/Carrier Strike Group 9 is comprised of a total of 6,500 Sailors, the aircraft carrier, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and six Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23.