Nuclear aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which performs tasks in the Pacific Ocean, has been sent to the base on the island of Guam due to the growth of coronavirus on board, said the country’s Navy.
To combat the outbreak of COVID-19 on the aircraft carrier, he was ordered to arrive in Guam and check the entire team of more than 5,000 sailors for the virus, said acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly.
He’s already infected 104 sailors on board.
“The ship is ready for immediate action if necessary,” he said, “but we are going to Guam. No one can get off the ship except the pier.”
Commenting on the Navy’s order to return the ship to base, U.S. experts call it a de facto “disabling” of the aircraft carrier on combat duty.