US Defense Chief: USS Kidd COVID-19 Outbreak May Have Started During Counternarcotics Operation | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US Defense Chief: USS Kidd COVID-19 Outbreak May Have Started During Counternarcotics Operation

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday told reporters that the novel coronavirus outbreak aboard the Navy destroyer USS Kidd may have begun during a counterdrug mission the ship was carrying out while deployed in the Pacific.

"A theory is that they could've picked it up on a counterdrug mission where they pulled over a vessel possibly carrying drugs and they boarded the vessel and may have come in contact with somebody carrying the virus there," Esper told reporters, referring to a counterdrug mission near Central America.

The Kidd was deployed with the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group in January but was later rerouted to the eastern Pacific for counternarcotics missions in US Southern Command.

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