Just when you thought Captain Crozier was headed back to the bridge of the USS Theodore Roosevelt and this whole “incident” was just a bad dream for him and the Navy at large, think again.

Crozier is officially not being reinstated. Not only that, but it appears that some other individuals may be “going down with the ship” along with Crozier.

It is relatively obvious that a number of bad decisions were made and there was unprofessional and impulsive behavior committed by all parties involved, which resulted in a smear of bad publicity and misinformation. The rushed decision to remove Crozier before a legitimate investigation was conducted, only complicated the situation.

In April, after the initial “scandal,” Acting Navy Secretary, Thomas Modly, fired Crozier. He then proceeded to fly out to Guam and talk crap about Crozier to the Roosevelt’s crew. This culmination of unscrupulous acts quickly led to his resignation.

Soon after, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Gilday, was seriously open to giving Captain Crozier his gig back. But, the new Acting Navy Secretary, James McPherson, was not so quick to hand the reigns back to Crozier. He ordered a more in-depth investigation to be conducted on Captain Crozier and the incident as a whole.

This investigation sheds light on what really happened and who should take the fall for this failure of operational leadership and complete lack of sound decision-making.

The premise of Captain Crozier’s desperate call for help was that he was receiving no support from the Navy and that his sailors were being forced to stay on an aircraft carrier that was quickly being overtaken with COVID-19. The fact that the letter was leaked to the mainstream media only escalated the issue further.

The investigation showed that the process to remove sailors from the ship and place them in safe housing on base in Guam was already underway by the time Crozier sent out his email. Furthermore, it was concluded that Crozier did a poor job of getting the crew off in a timely manner. It is reported that Crozier wanted his sailors to stay in hotels, rather than makeshift facilities on base; this only slowed the evacuation. Additionally, the investigation stated, “[Crozier’s] email and letter were sent hours after a decision had been made by the Government of Guam to open hotels for Captain Crozier’s crew. His email neither accelerated that decision nor had any positive impact on the outcome.”