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After Outcry Over Navy Captain Relieved Of Command, Assurances He Won't Be Expelled

A highly critical letter from Capt. Brett Crozier that was leaked to the media cost him his command of the coronavirus-infected USS Roosevelt. Now the man who fired him says he's not being discharged.

A day after U.S. Navy Captain Brett Crozier was abruptly removed from his post as commanding officer of the coronavirus-infected aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Navy official confirms to NPR that acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly intends for Crozier to be reassigned rather than dismissed from the Navy.

It was Modly who relieved Crozier of his command on Thursday — a decision the navy secretary insists was his own — two days after an alarmed letter the captain wrote describing the dismal circumstances of his 4,865 crew members sparked a furor after being leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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