Eager to show geopolitical rivals like China it’s operationally ready amid the coronavirus pandemic still restricting US bases and personnel around the world, the Pentagon has ordered the COVID-19 stricken nuclear aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt back out to sea this week.

It’s been two months since an outbreak on board which eventually witnessed 10% test positive for the virus forced the carrier to divert its regular mission in the West Pacific to dock at Guam, where more than 4,000 of the 4,800 crew members had to enter quarantine on shore.

But now the crew is making final preparations to return to sea this week, AP reports, even though some 1,800 sailors are still in quarantine on shore.

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