French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle registered 50 cases of Covid-19 before the vessel returned to its homeport in Toulon.
The French defence ministry announced on Wednesday last week that the carrier would be brought home early from a deployment in the Atlantic after some crew members showed virus symptoms.
“It was decided to bring forward its return to Toulon, initially scheduled for 23 April,” the statement said.
Because of the outbreak onboard, the Charles de Gaulle set sail to its home port in Toulon earlier than planned in an effort to access appropriate medical facilities.
The vessel normally has a crew of 1,760 personnel on board.
This news comes not long after 550 Sailors tested positive on USS Theodore Roosevelt. US media reports that currently 93% of the carrier’s crew have been tested for the coronavirus – 3,673 of which returned negative results.
Just under 3,700 Sailors have disembarked from the carrier and moved into quarantine housing on Naval Base Guam and hotels designated by the local government.
It is understood that the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet is facing the virus on 94 warships, including the USS Theodore Roosevelt and three other aircraft carriers.