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WASHINGTON – Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly’s trip last weekend to address sailors aboard the COVID-19-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt cost taxpayers more than $243,000 for the 35-hour round trip on a Gulfstream 550, according to a Navy official.
Modly’s profanity-laced speech to the sailors, during which he branded the fired captain of the ship as “naive” and “stupid” for seeking aid, prompted Modly to offer his resignation Tuesday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Modly, who is in quarantine after visiting the Roosevelt, had his offer accepted by Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Modly’s public attack against ousted Captain Brett Crozier was met with outrage, both from sailors aboard the ship and from the public. He first stood by his comments, but later apologized.
The USA Today further reported: “Modly flew aboard the C-37B, a Gulfstream business jet modified for military use. The per-hour cost of flying it is $6,946.19 per hour, according to the Navy official who was not authorized to speak publicly. Flight time for the Guam trip was about 35 hours for a cost of $243,116.65.”
— Kristen DelGuzzi (@kristendel) April 8, 2020
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