USS Roosevelt will return to Guam to pick up remaining sailors

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) operates in the Philippine Sea, May 21, 2020, following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. (Kaylianna Genier/U.S. Navy)

The captain of the USS Roosevelt is confident that the procedures now in place aboard the aircraft carrier will help identify and contain any further outbreaks of the coronavirus aboard the ship.

During a weekend phone interview with the media from his ship, Capt. Carlos Sardiello told reporters that the USS Roosevelt will be cruising off Guam’s west coast for the next few weeks conducting field carrier landing practice at Andersen Air Force Base.

Roughly 2,900 of the ship’s crew out of nearly 5,000 are aboard. The other 2-thousand crew members remain here on Guam. Some are still in isolation or quarantine.

At today’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral John Menoni said the Roosevelt will return to Guam to pick them up.

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“Likely the ship will pull back into Port at some point here in the near future and then pick up those sailors that have met return to work criteria. Load them up and then go back out and do their mission,” the admiral said.

Menoni said a significant number of sailors have already met the ‘return-to-work’ criteria and others are completing the requirements.

Most of the sailors are asymptomatic, meaning they show no signs of the disease. The Navy is not yet sure why they keep testing positive, said Menoni.