Correspondent in Washington
The commander of a United States nuclear carrier battling the Covid-19 epidemic is poised to become a national hero in the United States. Released from his command after the publication of a letter in which he asked his hierarchy to disembark his crew infected by the virus, Captain Brett Crozier left his ship on the base of Guam, in the Pacific, to the applause sailors.
The commander ofUSS Theodore Roosevelt had sent an unusual letter to the US Navy staff last Monday demanding that it be able to land almost all 4,800 crew members to stop the spread of the coronavirus epidemic . “We are ready to take risks in combat, but which are not acceptable in peacetime”wrote Captain Crozier. “Keeping more than 4,000 men and women on board is an unnecessary risk. It requires a political decision, but it is the right thing to do.