Military Capabilities

Covid-19: US Navy faces impacts of increasing virus spread

25 March 2020

More Covid-19 cases have been reported in American naval shipyards and this has now spread to personnel on an aircraft carrier under way at sea.

The US Navy (USN) is bracing for further impacts from the virus, including the likely interruption of industrial production capacity on service programmes.

With the virus reaching further into the fleet, the USN is also reassessing some of its operations and procedures.

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly began a 24 March media briefing in the Pentagon by confirming that three cases of COVID-19 have been identified among personnel currently deployed and under way on the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

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