Pacific Fleet orders 14-day gap between port visits for 7th Fleet ships during coronavirus outbreak

The amphibious assault ship USS America is seen from the 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge in Laem Chabang, Thailand, Feb. 23, 2020. (ARON MONTANO/U.S. NAVY)
The amphibious assault ship USS America is seen from the 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge in Laem Chabang, Thailand, Feb. 23, 2020. (ARON MONTANO/U.S. NAVY)

Pacific Fleet orders 14-day gap between port visits for 7th Fleet ships during coronavirus outbreak

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Ships in the 7th Fleet must spend at least 14 days at sea between port visits as nations in the region battle outbreaks of the new coronavirus, a Navy official told Stars and Stripes on Friday.

The directive was issued to the vessels Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution” to monitor crews and prevent the spread of COVID-19, said the official, who declined to comment on the record.

No 7th Fleet sailors have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the official.

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