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Friday, May 27, 2022

Navy ship deployment halted due to COVID-19 outbreak

The Navy on Friday announced that it has suspended the deployment of one of its warships due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Associated Press reported,

In a statement Friday, the department said the USS Milwaukee is staying in port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, where it stopped for a scheduled port visit.

USS Milwaukee, a littoral combat ship, departed Mayport, Fla., on December 14 to make its way to the US Southern Command area.

The Navy said the ship’s crew is “100% immune” and those who have tested positive for the virus have been placed in quarantine, according to the AP.

According to the wire service, the ship has more than 100 crew members.

The Navy said those who tested positive are showing mild symptoms and the specific variant they contracted is currently unknown.

“The ship is following an aggressive mitigation strategy as per the Navy and [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines,” the Navy said in a statement.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt battleship experienced a virus outbreak last year as more than 1,000 of its 4,800 crew members tested positive, resulting in one soldier dying of complications from the virus, the AP reported.

The battleship was sidelined for nearly two months in Guam as the entire crew had to undergo a quarantine period of weeks to keep the ship safe and running.

The US is currently dealing with a winter surge of COVID-19 infections as the Omicron variant has taken hold across the country.

According to Navy data, more than 98 percent of all active-duty members have been fully vaccinated, the AP noted.

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