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Acting Secretary of Navy Thomas Modly addressed sailors aboard the Theodore Roosevelt on Monday, ripping their former commanding officer for how he handled the outbreak of coronavirus on the aircraft carrier and calling Capt. Brett Crozier “too naive or too stupid” to helm the ship, according to a recording of the speech obtained by The Chronicle.
During the 15-minute speech, delivered over the ship’s intercom system and also reported by CNN, Modly decried the hero’s send-off the crew gave Crozier after the secretary had relieved him of his command. The Navy chief called Crozier a “a martyr CO” and railed on the media for having “an agenda.” Modly said his family has been under attack since his decision to remove Crozier and the ship’s COVID-19 ordeal has become a “big controversy in Washington D.C.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Crozier, of Santa Rosa, last week sent a letter to Naval command raising alarms about dire conditions on the ship and criticizing the Navy’s slow response. The Chronicle obtained the letter and published it. Modly has said Crozier’s decision to send the letter to more than 20 people guaranteed the news media would obtain it, undermining national security, and has said that was his reason for relieving Crozier of command of the Roosevelt.
Modley’s remarks over the ship’s PA system reportedly angered many sailors, who had cheered for Captain Crozier even amid his firing. Modly also lashed out at the Theodore Roosevelt’s crew for cheering Crozier when he left the ship.
“Crew of the Teddy Roosevelt, you are under no obligation to love your leadership, only respect it. You are under no obligation to like your job, only to do it. You are under no obligation, you are under no obligation to expect anything from your leaders other than they will treat you fairly and put the mission of the ship first,” Modly declared.
According to a separate report by the Daily Mail, “a person on the ship is heard shouting ‘shut the f*** up,’ on an audio recording of the address” after Modley called Crozier “naive.”
Below is the audio of Modly’s speech:
Below is the transcript of Modleys remarks:
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