Theodore Roosevelt sailor dies after ‘medical emergency’


A sailor aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 146 died Thursday “following a medical emergency,” the Navy said in a statement.

The sailor’s name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

It remains unclear if the sailor’s death was related to COVID-19, which infected more than 25 percent of the carrier’s approximately 5,000 sailors this spring, forcing a months-long emergency port call in Guam before the ship returned to its scheduled deployment last month.

“The Sailor, like all personnel embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt, had been tested for COVID-19 multiple times during the outbreak of the virus aboard the ship earlier this year and those results were consistently negative for COVID-19 throughout the entire deployment,” U.S. 3rd Fleet said in a statement.

The sailor had received medical care aboard the ship and was then flown to a military medical facility ashore where he was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. local time.

Officials declined to say where the TR was when the sailor’s death occurred, but 3rd Fleet is a San Diego-based command and the carrier had in recent days been operating in the Philippine Sea, waters overseen by the Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet.

The carrier left San Diego in January.

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A chaplain team and medical psychologist are aboard the TR assisting the crew, according to 3rd Fleet.


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