Navy sailors gave a beloved captain a raucous sendoff on Thursday, showing their gratitude for the leader after he was dismissed for raising alarms about a coronavirus outbreak on his ship.
Capt. Brett Crozier was fired after a letter he wrote to naval leadership was leaked to the press. In that letter, Crozier urged the Navy to take action regarding a spreading COVID-19 outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
"If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors," he wrote.
Following his dismissal, hundreds of sailors gathered on the bow of the Roosevelt as he left it, cheering and chanting "Captain Crozier!"
"We felt this way about our captain before we had this going on," a sailor on the Roosevelt told Business Insider. "His passion and energy was felt the day he checked on board. He stuck his neck out for us, so we had and have to do the same for him."
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly told media that Crozier was fired not for writing the letter, but for reportedly leaking it to media.