Acting Navy secretary resigns

Thomas Madly, acting Navy secretary, resigned a day after a recording was released of his address to sailors aboard an aircraft carrier. Modly had been harshly critical of Capt. Brett Crozier, who was relieved of command because of his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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April 8, 2020 - 9:56 AM

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly, with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael M. Gilday, announces the firing of Capt. Brett Crozier as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt Thursday. Photo by Lisa Ferdinando / Office of the Secretary of Defense / TNS

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.

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