DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two U.S. Navy warships working within the Mideast have been affected by the coronavirus, authorities mentioned Friday, with one already at port in Bahrain and one other heading to port now.
A dozen troops aboard the USS San Diego, an amphibious transport dock, examined optimistic for COVID-19, mentioned Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a spokeswoman for the Bahrain-based fifth Fleet. The ship is at port in Bahrain.
“All optimistic instances have been remoted on board, and the ship stays in a restricted COVID bubble,” Rebarich instructed The Related Press. “The port go to and medical help have been coordinated with the host nation authorities and Bahrain Ministry of Well being.”
The second ship, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea, has “a number of individuals underneath investigation” for attainable coronavirus infections, Rebarich mentioned. The ship is predicted to tug into port for additional testing at a location she declined to call, citing “operational safety.”
The San Diego sails with almost 600 sailors and Marines aboard, whereas the Philippine Sea carries some 380 sailors.
The fifth Fleet patrols the waterways of the Mideast. Its vessels usually have tense encounters with Iran within the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, the slim mouth of the Gulf by which 20% of all oil traded worldwide passes.
The Navy’s largest outbreak to this point within the pandemic was aboard the plane service USS Theodore Roosevelt, which needed to be sidelined in Guam for almost two months final yr. Greater than 1,000 sailors examined optimistic and one died. Finally the entire 4,800 crew members had been despatched ashore in Guam for weeks of quarantine, in a scientific development that stored sufficient sailors on the ship to maintain it safe and working.
The failure of the ship’s leaders to correctly deal with the outbreak exploded into one of many greatest army management crises in recent times. The ship’s captain, who pleaded for quicker motion to guard his crew from the quickly spreading virus, was fired and the one-star admiral on the ship had his promotion delayed.
Earlier this month, three sailors examined optimistic because the plane service was conducting operations within the Pacific. The sailors and people uncovered to them had been remoted, and the Navy mentioned it’s “following an aggressive mitigation technique,” together with masks, social distancing, and correct handwashing and hygiene measures.
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