USS Theodore Roosevelt returns to sea after coronavirus outbreak

The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt left a naval base in Guam for the first time since a coronavirus outbreak on the vessel diverted it to the territory in late March, U.S. officials said.

"The ship left Naval Base Guam and entered the Philippine Sea May 21 to conduct carrier qualification flights," according to a U.S. Navy statement.

In an interview from the aircraft carrier, Navy Capt. Carlos Sardiello said Monday the ship will sail with a scaled-back crew of about 3,000, leaving about 1,800 sailors on shore who are still in quarantine.

The aircraft carrier also became a center of a controversy involving its captain, Capt. Brett Crozier, who was relieved of command April 2 after sending a strongly worded letter to Navy leadership about his concerns, which was leaked to the media.