SAN DIEGO — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, a day after audio from his address to the crew of the San Diego-based carrier Theodore Roosevelt leaked to the media.
“This morning I accepted Secretary Modly’s resignation,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement. “He resigned on his own accord, putting the Navy and the Sailors above self so that the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, and the Navy as an institution, can move forward.”
In his speech Monday, Modly called the ship’s former commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, whom he fired Thursday, “too naive or too stupid” for command.