Bucharest, November 10 The Romanian Navy’s “Queen Maria” frigate departed from the port of Aksaz in Turkey on the 10th due to the Coronavirus pandemic, ending NATO missions and returning home early.
According to a press release issued by the Romanian Naval Staff on the 10th, the “Queen Maria” began to participate in the NATO Permanent Maritime Organization’s task of monitoring maritime traffic in the eastern Mediterranean on the 27th of last month. There are 230 crew members on the frigate, and the mission was originally planned to end on December 7. Due to the high proportion of soldiers infected with the Coronavirus on the ship, the Romanian Navy decided to interrupt the mission and return early.
The communiqué stated that after the two soldiers on the ship suffered mild discomfort and typical symptoms of the Coronavirus on the 7th, they were treated in isolation by medical personnel. The Romanian Air Force sent a plane to take them back to China for treatment the next day.
After the “Queen Maria” docked at the port of Aksaz in Turkey, all the officers and soldiers on board were tested on the 9th. The communiqué did not disclose the specific number of infections. However, Romanian media reported on the 10th that 110 people on the ship tested positive.