Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt are giving the massive aircraft carrier a deep clean to sanitise the vessel after a Coronavirus outbreak.
“Following routine naval operations in the South China Sea the Sailors of USS Theodore Roosevelt are face-to-face with a new, silent and invisible enemy, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They are fighting back, and the crew is now winning. In the beginning, fighting the virus resembled a damage control scenario, similar to fighting a fire or flood. Capt. Dan Keeler, executive officer aboard Theodore Roosevelt, established a command center akin to damage control central in a ship casualty, in the executive officer’s conference room”, say the U.S. Navy in a news release.
Cmdr. Jennifer Huck, Theodore Roosevelt’s combat directions center officer, was appointed as the initial officer in charge and was quoted as saying.
“We have two tasks, taking care of Sailors and cleaning the ship,” said Huck.
“We are focused on taking care of the Sailor’s health and ensuring the ship’s crew is following all centers for disease control and prevention guidelines to include personal protective equipment (PPE). Our medical department is doing great work testing, isolating and treating Sailors. We are going to thoroughly clean the ship. We have already started and are about finished.”
The cleaning task force is led by Cmdr. Chad Hollinger, Theodore Roosevelt’s weapon’s officer, who the crew has taken to calling “Mr. Clean”.
“The team’s mission is to fully sanitise the ship,” said Hollinger.
“To complete the mission we are going to clean this ship from top-to-bottom and forward-to-aft to create a clean zone for everyone coming back to the ship, so we can get back to business. We hit the virus with chemicals we know will kill it, and after that space is clean, we seal it off. We have cleaned over 2,000 spaces so far and have cleaned over 80 percent of the ship. I couldn’t be more proud to take on the task of leading this team and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to get this done. It hasn’t been easy; it’s hard work, but we are fighting through it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we are going to get there.”