Navy to widen carrier probe, delaying decision on commander

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy will conduct a wider investigation of circumstances surrounding the spread of the coronavirus aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. This move effectively delays a decision on whether to reinstate the ship’s captain, who was fired after pleading for more urgent protection of his crew. The investigation was announced Wednesday by James E. McPherson, the acting Navy secretary. He said in a brief written statement that an initial inquiry was insufficient and that he had “unanswered questions … that can only be answered by a deeper review.” The Navy has recommended that Capt. Brett Crozier be restored to command of the ship.