US Navy’s carrier evacuation; Marines’ get-lighter plan; Air Force’s new cadet-isolation policy; 100K ‘human remains pouches’; And a bit more.

More than 1,000 sailors have moved off USS Theodore Roosevelt and into isolation on Guam, with some 2,700 more slated to move in coming days as accommodations can be found or created to house them, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Wednesday. Defense One’s Bradley Peniston has the story. 90 sailors had tested positive for COVID-19 and 593 negative with several hundred tests still pending, Modly told reporters around 1:30 p.m. Washington time. About one-quarter of the crew had been tested at that point; none had yet required hospitalization. About 1,000…

The Day – Captain of US Navy aircraft carrier seeks crew isolation as virus spreads

WASHINGTON — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives. In a memo to Navy leaders, the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt said the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating, and said that removing all but 10% of the crew is a “necessary risk” in order to stop the spread…

‘Choppy waters’ await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of 11 active aircraft carriers whose mission is central to the Pentagon’s strategy for deterring war with China and Iran. The Roosevelt and its contingent of warplanes may be sidelined for days, sitting pier side in Guam as the entire crew — more than 5,000 — is tested. Navy leaders say the carrier could return to duty at any…

‘Choppy waters’ await Navy as coronavirus strikes aircraft carrier

For answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus, click here.   WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of 11 active aircraft carriers whose mission is central to the Pentagon’s strategy for deterring war with China and Iran. The Roosevelt and its contingent of warplanes may be sidelined for days, sitting pier side in Guam as the entire crew — more than 5,000 — is tested.…

Choppy waters await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier

The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of 11 active aircraft carriers whose mission is central to the Pentagon’s strategy for deterring war with China and Iran. The Roosevelt and its contingent of warplanes may be sidelined for days, sitting pier side in Guam as the entire crew more than 5,000 is tested. Navy leaders say the carrier could return to duty at any time if required, but…

‘Choppy waters’ await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier

The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled Friday to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of 11 active aircraft carriers whose mission is central to the Pentagon’s strategy for deterring war with China and Iran. The Roosevelt and its contingent of warplanes may be sidelined for days, sitting pier side in Guam as the entire crew — more than 5,000 — is tested. Navy leaders say the carrier could return to duty at any time…

Navy to test thousands of sailors aboard aircraft carrier after spate of coronavirus cases

“We are in the process now of testing 100 percent of the crew of that ship to ensure that we were able to contain whatever spread might have occurred there on the ship,” Modly said in a briefing at the Pentagon. “But I also want to emphasize that the ship is operationally capable and can do its mission if required to do so.” Modly said the infected sailors, who were flown off the ship and were under quarantine in Guam, had mild symptoms that had not required hospitalization so far. The…

COVID-19 Claims Aircraft Carrier USS Roosevelt As Latest Victim « Breaking Defense

USS Theodore Roosevelt transits the Pacific Ocean March 1, 2020. PENTAGON: The coronavirus aboard ship has forced the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier to dock in Guam in the middle of a deployment, a move that might represent the military’s most dramatic move yet to react to the global pandemic.  The loss — for however long it lasts — of the Roosevelt comes as the US and China increasingly challenge one another in the South China Sea. On Tuesday, the destroyer USS McCampbell transited the strategic Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan…

Even Coronavirus Couldn’t Stop the 2nd US Carrier Visit to Vietnam – The Diplomat

The Debate | Opinion Mutual willingness to proceed with the visit indicates that the trust between Washington and Hanoi has reached a new level. Advertisement Trust can never be earned; it must be given. This is true in all relationships, including geopolitical ones. Vietnam and the United States are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year. While sailing has not always been smooth, both countries have worked hard to enhance trust. Late last week, both nations took a big step to catapult mutual trust to a new…