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French aircraft carrier ends mission amid possible COVID19 outbreak

French aircraft carrier ends mission amid possible COVID19 outbreak

France has said its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is heading back to port amid a possible on-board outbreak of COVID-19. The Defense Ministry said that around 40 sailors showed symptoms compatible with COVID-19. A medical team equipped with test kits is set to board the Charles de Gaulle to confirm whether the crew members were infected. The carrier was on a mission in the Atlantic Ocean.

J. P.
J. P. 4 months

Figures that it would be the French that tuck tail and stand down over a virus that is virtually no threat to 99.9% of the sailors and that will in no way impede the mission. I guess you have that luxury when you can hide under the umbrella of stability provided by the largest military in the world.

Alex Stovall
Alex Stovall 4 months

French carrier first to resign as usual 😂

david dindu
david dindu 4 months

if nobody is dying or on respirator why not tough it out?

Michael Hedderson
Michael Hedderson 4 months

Smart move. This virus spreads like wildfire through living quarters such as you get on these carriers. Crozier was right, the French Navy is right. Not worth infecting most of the crew before you see how many survive to decide whether it was the right decision, some absolutely will die in that scenario and some others will sustain possibly permanent lung tissue damage, even if plenty survive largely unharmed. That's what duty of care to your crew looks like.

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