Saluting people who make a difference aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt



In this beautiful photograph the mood is complex. Seaman Kaylianna Genier captures USS Theodore Roosevelt arriving at Apra Harbour and while the sun is at around 15:00 hours local time, the mood is days’ end.

“Not a sad thing but the emotions captured are mixed. USS Theodore Roosevelt in all her majesty has been in a fierce fight against a ferocious microscopic pathogen that has plagued mankind. CVN-71’s crew has kicked COVID-19 butt but not without sad losses,” said a Nurses Without Borders nurse FPMag spoke with who has been dating a sailor aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.


by Rosa Yamamoto


She was patrolling the Western Pacific when Capt. Brett Crozier determined it necessary to head to Guam on 26 March after many sailors tested positive for the coronavirus. Over the following weeks, 1,156 of the Roosevelt’s 4,800 crew members became infected, according to US Navy sources.

Some crew members who have not cleared quarantine will join the carrier in the future.

According to a US Navy statement, “Crew members who tested positive for COVID-19 remain in isolation at controlled locations on Naval Base Guam, where they receive daily medical supportive care. All medical care is being provided by medical personnel from USS Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, and elements of the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Medical Battalion.”

To support Sailors, USS Theodore Roosevelt has a civilian resiliency counselor, a chaplain team and medical psychologist assisting as needed. The crew is also being supported by Joint Region Marianas and Naval Base Guam chaplains.

Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaylianna Genier

USS Theodore Roosevelt

Apra Harbour (June 3, 2020) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) arrives at Apra Harbor June 3, 2020. Following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Theodore Roosevelt completed carrier qualifications June 2 and is in Guam for resupply during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaylianna Genier)
Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

Better days lie ahead.

Captain Brett Crozier also became ill with the SARS2 related disease and was replaced by a previous commander, Captain Carlos Sardiell.

Captain Brett Crozier has since recovered from COVID-19, cleared quarantine and has reported to senior duty in San Diego.

According to a source with in the navy, “The rapidly changing leadership atop the Navy is a reflection of disturbingly erratic times during the Donald Trump administration. Hopefully the strangeness ends soon.”

An amateur video of Crew member Michael Washington might best tell the story of Captain Crozier.


Departing Guam on 4 June, USS Theodore Roosevelt  continues its scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations in the Indo-Pacific.


Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaylianna Genier

NAVAL BASE GUAM, GUAM 06.03.2020 Photo by Seaman Apprentice Kaylianna Genier

Crew USS Theodore Roosevelt,  Naval Base Guam, Guam
06.03.2020
Photo By Seaman Apprentice Kaylianna Genier
Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag


USS Theodore Roosevelt is not the only vessel to be hit by the COVID-19 illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen. Here is the latest updates on vessels impacted. Visit the full statistics report.


List of Notable COVID-19 Infected Ships


The Ship List (71) Cases | Deaths | Recoveries


Navy: USS Theodore Roosevelt116811155
Navy: Charles de Gaulle108100
Ship: Ruby Princess85222830
Ship: *Diamond Princess71214698
Ship: Disney Wonder2381237
Ship: Celebrity Apex2240224
Ship: Costa Atlantica1480148
Ship: Greg Mortimer1281127
Ship: MV Horizon1250125
Ship: *Grand Princess1227115
Navy: USS Kidd9600
Ship: MV Artania89485
Ship: MSC Seaview86086
Ship: Ovation of the Seas79178
Navy: USNS Leroy Grumman52250
Ship: Celebrity Flora48048
Ship: A Sara45045
Ship: River Anuket45045
Ship: Costa Fascinosa43340
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen40040
Ship: Voyager of the Seas39237
Ship: Costa Luminosa36333
Navy: Chevalier Paul3500
Ship: Symphony of the Seas31130
Navy: ROCS Pan Shi3100
Navy: USS Tripoli2400
Ship: Celebrity Solstice20119
Ship: Adventure of the Seas190129
Navy: USS Ronald Reagan1600
Ship: Oasis of the Seas14311
Ship: MS Zaandam1349
Ship: Costa Favolosa13112
Ship: Coral Princess1239
Ship: World Dream12012
Ship: Ship: Celebrity Eclipse1028
Navy: HNLMS Dolfijn808
Ship: Black Watch808
Navy: USNS Mercy700
Ship: Pride of America707
Ship: MSC Bellissima606
Ship: Braemar505
Ship: Mein Schiff 3909
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway312
Navy: USS Essex300
Ship: Silver Shadow211
Ship: Marella Explorer II211
Navy: USS Boxer200
Navy: USS Nimitz200
Navy: USNS Comfort200
Ship: Costa Magica202
Ship: Liberty of the Seas202
Ship: MSC Preziosa202
Ship: Celebrity Infinity202
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator202
Ship: Paul Gauguin202
Ship: Monarch110
Navy: USS Carl Vinson100
Navy: USS Ralph Johnson100
Navy: USS Coronado100
Navy: Leopold I100
Ship: Costa Victoria101
Ship: Mein Schiff 1
Ship: MSC Splendida101
Ship: Norwegian Bliss101
Ship: Sun Princess101
Ship: Westerdam101
Ship: MSC Armonia101
Ship: Carnival Valor101
Ship: Majesty of the Seas101
Ship: Riviera101
Ship: Carnival Freedom101
Pearl Harbour, April 16, 2020 Official photo released of Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., 41, of Fort Smith, Arkansas assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), who died from COVID-19 April 13 at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. RIP Charles Robert Thacker Jr. Condolences to family, friends and crew.

Pearl Harbour, April 16, 2020 Official photo released of Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., 41, of Fort Smith, Arkansas assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), who died from COVID-19 April 13 at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. RIP Charles Robert Thacker Jr. Condolences to family, friends and crew.
Thacker’s spouse, an active duty member stationed in San Diego, was flown via Navy Air Logistics Office (NALO) flight to Guam, arriving April 11 (local date). At the time of his passing, Thacker’s spouse was by his side.


Happier Days, arriving back at Guam to pick up those of the crew clearing quarantine on 3 June having completed carrier qualifications in the Philippines Sea on 2 June.

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pyoung K. Yi

FPMag article. Saluting People who make a difference.

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 3, 2020) – Following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Theodore Roosevelt completed carrier qualifications June 2 and is in Guam for resupply during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pyoung K. Yi)
Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Will Bennett

USS Theodore Roosevelt 3 June

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 3, 2020) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) flies a replica of Capt. Oliver Hazard Perry’s “Don’t Give Up the Ship” flag as Theodore Roosevelt approaches Apra Harbor, Guam June 3, 2020.  (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Will Bennett)
Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag


Thank you to the amazing photo journalists aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt for your great work we have published in the past and look forward to in the future. To you and all your fellow crew members we bid you a safe and enjoyable deployment. Thank you for what you do.

Rosa Yamamoto FPMag