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US destroyer could have brought COVID-19 on board during counter-narcotics operation

6th May 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


The USN guided missile destroyer USS Kidd, recently returned to San Diego after an outbreak of COVID-19 on board, could have brought the coronavirus onto the ship during a counter-narcotics operation, it has emerged.

The destroyer and aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt are the only USN ships to have confirmed cases of the disease while actively deployed at sea. The USS Theodore Roosevelt is in the process of re-crewing in Guam after undergoing a deep clean, with hundreds of crew members testing positive for the virus while deployed in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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