Dubai On Friday, the authorities said that two US Navy warships fighting in the Middle East were hit by the coronavirus outbreak and both returned to Bahrain ports.
Cmdr said more than a dozen soldiers on the San Diego Amphibious Transport Dock have tested positive for COVID-19. Rebecca Rebarich, spokesperson for the Fifth Fleet of Bahrain. She said that the Philippine maritime “missile cruiser” has also “confirmed several COVID-1
Rebarich told the Associated Press: “All positive cases have been quarantined on the ship, and (the ship) is still in the restricted COVID bubble.” “Port visits and medical support have been coordinated with the host government and Bahrain’s Ministry of Health.”
San Diego sailed with nearly 600 sailors and Marines, while the Philippine Sea carried about 380 sailors.
The Fifth Fleet patrolled the waterways of the Middle East. Its ships often clashed with Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. The Strait of Hormuz is the narrow mouth of the Gulf through which 20% of all oil transactions in the world pass.
The largest naval outbreak to date was on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which was put on hold in Guam for nearly two months last year. More than 1,000 sailors tested positive and one of them died. In the end, all 4,800 crew members were sent ashore on Guam for several weeks of quarantine. This is a systematic process so that there are enough sailors on board to ensure its safety and operation.
The captain’s failure to properly handle the epidemic is one of the biggest military leadership crises in recent years. The captain of the ship requested faster action to protect its crew from the rapidly spreading virus and was fired. The one-star admiral on board delayed the promotion.
Earlier this month, three sailors tested positive when the aircraft carrier started operations in the Pacific. Sailors and those exposed to the water have been quarantined, and the Navy stated that it is “following a positive mitigation strategy”, including masks, social distancing, and proper hand washing and hygiene measures.
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