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Navy Upholds Ouster of Carrier Captain After Furor Over Outbreak

• Glen Carey, Tony Capaccio and Travis Tritten

Captain Brett Crozier will retain his rank but won't return to the carrier or another command, Navy Admiral Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations, told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday. In addition, the commander of the Roosevelt strike group, Rear Admiral Stuart Baker, is having his promotion put on hold for now.

"I will not reassign Captain Brett Crozier as the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, nor will he be eligible for future command," Gilday said. "It is my belief that both Admiral Baker and Captain Crozier fell well short of what we expect of those in command."

Crozier was dismissed by then-acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly on April 2 for writing an impassioned memo beseeching the service to do more to remedy the increasingly dire situation aboard the carrier. The memo promptly leaked, and Modly said Crozier failed to keep his concerns within the chain of command.