WASHINGTON

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has submitted his resignation amid calls for him to step down over his handling of the ouster of an aircraft carrier captain who raised the alarm over the spread of the coronavirus on board his ship.

It is unclear if Defense Secretary Mark Esper has accepted Modly’s resignation, and no official Pentagon statement has yet been released.

Army Undersecretary James McPherson has been tapped to succeed Modly, multiple reports said, citing anonymous officials.

During a surprise visit to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Modly berated former Capt. Brett Crozier, whom he ousted days earlier, telling

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