‘We’re Fucked’: Aircraft Carrier Outbreak Sends Troops Scrambling – DailyBeast

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    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps service members in Guam were ordered on Wednesday to break their own quarantine to set up makeshift shelters for U.S. troops coming off a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, where an outbreak of the novel coronavirus is rapidly spreading within the hulls of the ship.

    Some of the U.S. troops at Naval Base Guam, located on the western side of the U.S. territory at Apra Harbor, were assembled into 100-man working parties to begin transforming some of the base’s facilities into temporary quarantine shelters for some of the 5,000 service members arriving from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, a naval vessel where COVID-19 is spreading.

    “We found several more cases aboard the ship, we are in the process now of testing 100 percent of the crew of that ship to ensure that we are able to contain whatever spread that might have occurred there… but I also want to emphasize that the ship is operationally capable and can do its mission if required,” said Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly at the Pentagon on Thursday.

    U.S. Navy officials told The Daily Beast that 23 sailors onboard the Roosevelt tested positive for COVID-19 and that testing capabilities for the coronavirus are limited. The Wall Street Journal first reported the latest figures on Thursday. In total, the Navy has 133 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 104 of which are active-duty.

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    I’m so glad that if Yemeni children or an Afghan wedding needs to be blown to bits, that the Navy will still be up to the task.

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    If you have never lived on a navy ship, let me give you a couple relevant facts. It is crowded. Sailors work in close proximity to each other Some of the work places, such as the engine room, are hot and humid, the perfect environment for spreading contagious diseases. Crew members sleep 20 or 30 or 40 in one room, called a “berthing compartment” where bunks known as “racks” are stacked three high. If a few crew members have the virus, they will all have it pretty soon. Unless the virus is much less serious than we have been led to believe, the carrier will not be “operationally ready” until the pandemic is over. Having a sick crew conducting flight operations would be insanely dangerous.

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      Life onboard is just about the PERFECT environment for spreading a contagious disease. If 26 crew members have it, they ALL have it.

      If you give a man enough rope, it will be six inches too short. This is not the nature of rope- it is the nature of man.

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