Fate of virus-hit US aircraft carrier worsened by Cold War mentality
A US FA-18 Hornet fighter jet flies past fighter jets and E-2C Hawkeyes during a routine training aboard US aircraft carrier Theodore Rooseveltin the South China Sea. File photo: AFPWith the spread of the novel coronavirus accelerating onUS aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, the warship faces a fate much worse than theDiamond Princesscruise ship as most of the crew members remain in close quarters on the carrier to maintain its combat readiness. Chinese experts said on Wednesday that the US should shift focus to epidemic control, because no one would attack the US even if the carrier goes ou...
Navy to move nearly 3,000 sailors off coronavirus-stricken carrier Theodore Roosevelt
SAN DIEGO — Nearly 1,000 sailors have moved off the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and almost 2,000 more will be off by Friday as the ship battles a COVID-19 outbreak in Guam, Navy leaders said Wednesday.Thomas Modly, acting Navy secretary, and Adm. Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, announced the partial evacuation of the San Diego-based ship at a Pentagon news conference.The move comes after ship’s captain, Brett Crozier, wrote a four-page letter decrying the Navy’s response to the COVID outbreak on the ship and its emphasis on testing, saying those measures have not slowed the spr...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
US working on plan to allow virus-hit ship to dock
Fort Lauderdale (United States) (AFP) - US authorities were finalizing a plan on Tuesday to allow a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, the Zaandam, to dock in Florida after its operator warned that more passengers may die if it is left out at sea."Already four guests have passed away and I fear other lives are at risk," Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, said in a column published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper.The Zaandam, which left Buenos Aires on March 7, was originally meant to dock in Fort Lauderdale on April 7 at the conclusion of a month-long cruise.After a...
Governor does not want passengers on virus-hit cruise ship 'dumped' in Florida
Fort Lauderdale (United States) (AFP) - Florida's governor said Monday that he does not want passengers suspected of suffering from coronavirus on the cruise ship Zaandam to be "dumped" in his southern US state.The Holland America Line vessel passed through the Panama Canal overnight as the company searched for a port that will allow the Zaandam passengers to disembark."We view this as a big, big problem and we do not want to see people dumped in southern Florida right now," Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told Fox News. "I'm in contact with the White House on this."DeSantis later said he would ...
US navy hospital ship reaches virus-struck Los Angeles
Los Angeles (AFP) - A giant US naval hospital ship arrived in Los Angeles Friday, where it will be used to ease the strain on the city's coronavirus-swamped emergency rooms.The USNS Mercy, which docked in the Port of Los Angeles, will quickly become the city's largest hospital with 1,000 beds.It will not receive coronavirus patients, but instead take patients with a wide range of other conditions or injuries in order to free up facilities on land. The 894-foot (272-meter) Mercy, a converted oil tanker, has 15 patient wards and blood bank capacity of 5,000 units.Governor Gavin Newsom, speaking ...
4 dead on cruise ship heading to Fort Lauderdale
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Four passengers have died aboard a Holland America cruise ship that soon may make its way to Port Everglades, the liner announced Friday.Holland America said “four older guests” died on the Zaandam, but didn’t say whether the new coronavirus was the cause.Nearly 140 people on the ship have complained about feeling sick, including some with respiratory symptoms. On Thursday, several were tested for the coronavirus and two people tested positive. The company didn’t say whether the two who tested positive were among the four passengers who died.A Miramar couple aboard the ...
Virus-stricken Diamond Princess leaves Yokohama
Yokohama (Japan) (AFP) - The Diamond Princess, a coronavirus-hit cruise ship off Japan that saw 712 passengers and crew contracting the disease with 10 deaths, left its moorings in Yokohama Wednesday, a city official said.The ship, which originally carried some 3,700 passengers and crew members, dominated international headlines as Japan's clumsy handling of its quarantine made it at one point the biggest cluster of coronavirus carriers outside China."Disinfection work has been finished. Quarantine confirmed that the work has been finished," a Yokohama city official told AFP."It is leaving the...
Russia sends ship with military ambulances towards Syria after virus outbreak
A cargo ship operated by the Russian Navy transited Turkey’s Bosphorus strait en route to Syria on Tuesday loaded with ambulances, a Reutersreporter saw.Syria reported its first case of coronavirus on Sunday after weeks of rejecting opposition allegations that the disease had already reached a country with a wrecked health system and thousands of Iranian-backed militias and Shia pilgrims.Coronavirus is affecting the whole world, will it unite us? – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]The Russian Dvinitsa-50 ship, part of Moscow’s auxiliary fleet, was carrying at least three military ambulances...
The Middle East Monitor
U.S. Navy Ships & Hospital Units Deployed To Assist In Coronavirus Response
A U.S. Navy ship is being deployed to Seattle and two Army hospital units are being sent to other locations to assist states with their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.The U.S. Navy hospital ship will set sail for Seattle on Monday. The other two active duty Army mobile hospital units have received “prepare to deploy” orders for two separate not-yet-determined locations, according to Army Chief of Staff General James McConville.Another ship, the USNS Comfort will be deployed to New York in a “couple weeks,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said during a Wednesday.New York and Wa...
Coronavirus: Indian crew of Iranian ship stranded in UAE fly home
Sharjah: Six Indian seafarers aboard an Iranian vessel, who were stuck in UAE waters due to travel restrictions since March 9, finally reached home on Tuesday.The Indian Consulate on Monday evening tweeted an image of the six sailors with their travel bags before they left the Khalid Port in Sharjah. Some of them were seen wearing masks.The mission tweeted that the crew members “who were desperate for their early sign off due to recent restrictions are returning to India tonight.”“Consulate intervened with the owners of M/s Sea and Vessel Com. LLC. Thanks to M/s Sea and Vessel for their prompt...