USS Theodore Roosevelt Deploys to Philippine Sea After COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted on May 21, 2020 8:45 am

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The USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is back at sea for the first time in nearly two months after a coronavirus outbreak onboard infected more than 1,100 sailors.

The U.S. Navy said the ship entered the Philippine Sea Thursday “to conduct carrier qualification flights for the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11.”

The ship arrived in Guam on March 27 after an outbreak of the coronavirus. All of the nearly 5,000 sailors onboard were tested for COVID-19 in the following weeks.

One Roosevelt sailor died from the virus on April 13, and nine others were hospitalized. The Navy said most of the approximately