Theodore Roosevelt Deployment Interrupted for Coronavirus Testing of Crew

The Western Pacific deployment of the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has been interrupted by the coronavirus.

The shop will be in Guam as its entire crew is tested for COVID-19 after at least eight sailors on board tested positive. A Wall Street Journal report said at least 23 sailors aboard to the aircraft carrier have tested positive.

At a Pentagon briefing Thursday Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said, "The ship is pulling into Guam. “No one on the crew will be allowed to leave anywhere into Guam other than pierside.” He says the ship will remain there at least until everyone on board has been tested.

The Theodore Roosevelt completed a port call in Vietnam early in March but Navy officials say they don't know how the virus got on board because some crew members' assignments and locations change at times during a deployment..

The announcement about the Theodore Roosevelt follows a decision by the Navy to confine the crews of three San Diego based ships — the Makin Island, the Somerset and the San Diego — on board the ships for at least 14 days starting immediately..

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