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Longer Navy Deployments, Fewer Port Calls To Manage COVID

WASHINGTON: The Navy will continue its new COVID-era practice of longer deployments with fewer port calls, as leaders feel they have found a difficult but winning strategy to keep the virus in check among its crews.  

Acknowledging the strain these new policies are putting on sailors and their families, the service is rushing mental health and pay services for those dealing with these deployments, and have sent new rules to the fleet mandating safety measures to be taken on ships at sea.

A major part of the Navy’s effort involves keeping ships out of ports where sailors could be infected, while extending some deployments to quarantine the crews. The USS Stout just set a Navy record for 208 consecutive days at sea — breaking the 207 day record set by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the USS San Jacinto earlier this year.

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