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Fire Controlman 3rd Class Caleb Gallaher, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's combat systems department, prepares to unload a rolling airframe after completing sea based developmental testing (SBDT) of the integrated combat system, April 2, 2020.

The Navy’s new aircraft carrier just put its combat systems to the test

The tests were designed to stress the ship's combat systems and demonstrate the successful integration of new technologies.
200120-N-NU281-1022 PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 20, 2020) PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 20, 2020) Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly arrives at the unveiling of the new Ford-class aircraft carrier USS Doris Miller (CVN 81) at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration event on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This will be the second ship named in honor of Miller, and the first aircraft carrier ever named for an African American and an enlisted Sailor.

How the Navy’s response to an aircraft carrier’s coronavirus outbreak spiraled out of control and led Trump’s top Navy official to r...

In just two weeks, the captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt was fired and the acting Navy secretary resigned.
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly at the unveiling of new Ford-class aircraft carrier USS Doris Miller at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, January 20, 2020.

Trump looms large over an aircraft carrier’s struggle with the coronavirus that has upended the Navy

"What I see here is what you would call undue command influence. I see the creeping influence of Trump's approach," Rep. Adam Smith said Tuesday.
Flanked by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Army Gen. Mark Milley, President Donald Trump meets with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, D.C., October 7, 2019.

‘I hate seeing bad things happen’: Trump approves of Navy secretary’s resignation, says it’s a ‘really unselfish thing&#...

"He made a mistake, but he had a bad day," Trump said of Capt. Brett Crozier. "I hate seeing bad things happen, man made a mistake."
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

‘I can’t take it back’: Trump’s Navy secretary resigns and apologizes after he described a fired carrier captain as ‘too...

The Navy official, who once served as a helicopter pilot, described Capt. Brett Crozier's warning about a coronavirus outbreak as "a betrayal."
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Defense secretary reportedly told Navy chief to apologize for bashing fired captain to crew of aircraft carrier

The acting secretary did an about-face Monday night, apologizing for his remarks after saying hours earlier that he stood by "every word" he said.
200120-N-NU281-1022 PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 20, 2020) PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 20, 2020) Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly arrives at the unveiling of the new Ford-class aircraft carrier USS Doris Miller (CVN 81) at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration event on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This will be the second ship named in honor of Miller, and the first aircraft carrier ever named for an African American and an enlisted Sailor.

Acting Navy secretary apologizes for scathing criticism of fired captain in speech to aircraft carrier’s crew

"I want to apologize to the Navy for my recent comments to the crew of the TR," Acting Secretary Thomas Modly said in a statement.

Trump says he will ‘get involved’ in the firing of Navy aircraft carrier captain because he doesn’t ‘want to destroy somebody ...

"I'm going to get involved and see what is going on there because I don't want to destroy somebody for having a bad day," Trump said Monday.

Lawmakers demand Trump’s acting Navy secretary resign or be fired after he trashed an aircraft carrier captain to its crew

"Modly's remarks to the crew show that he is in no way fit to lead our Navy through this trying time," Rep. Elaine Luria, a Navy veteran, said.
US Navy Capt. Brett Crozier.

‘He kind of called us p—ies’: Hear the US Navy’s top official call a carrier captain ‘stupid’ to boos from sailors...

"Yeah, that was, uh ... It's almost like we got an ass-chewing. Almost," one person said in the audio recording obtained by Insider.