A U.S. Navy ship with a fully vaccinated crew is stuck at the pier at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba after some of the sailors tested positive for COVID. As reported by the U.S. Navy’s 4th Fleet, the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) a Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, departed Mayport Naval Station its regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations.
Though the crew is reported to be 100% immunized which should mean greatly reduced symptoms, COVID positive sailors have been placed in isolation and quarantine aboard the ship which means they are confined to one compartment(SOFREP has been told this can include the brig on larger vessels) and are not permitted to leave except to use the head. Meals are brought to them. Depending on the test being used these sailors could continue to test positive for months after exposure.
This seems to contradict the Navy Administrative Policy Directives issued in June, 2021 which stated,
“CLOSE CONTACTS WHO HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS DO NOT NEED TO QUARANTINE.”