In their letter, the senators argued that it is “difficult to understand how Capt. Crozier’s decision to copy ‘20 or 30 people’ on an email to his chain of command necessarily constitutes a breach warranting relief of command.”
“This reversal sends a mixed message to sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and given the remarkable show of support for Capt. Crozier by members of his crew, we are additionally worried about the impact of this decision on morale and readiness,” they wrote.
Video emerged on social media Friday of Crozier getting a hero’s sendoff from his crew, with hundreds gathered on the ship to applaud and cheer his name.
The senators also expressed concern about potential outbreaks on other ships and submarines, saying an investigation into the outbreak on the Roosevelt would help “evaluate whether the Navy is implementing all appropriate precautionary measures and best-practices to protect the safety of our fleet.”