The Navy has permanently removed a senior Navy officer from command of an aircraft carrier over raunchy comedy videos he made and showed to the crew.
The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., said Capt. Owen Honors showed "extremely poor judgment" in the videos that included anti-gay slurs and sexual innuendo.
Honors was reassigned to an administrative role. The admiral said the Navy continues to investigate the case of the videos from 2006 and 2007 and will look into what other officers aboard the USS Enterprise knew about them. Honors was executive officer, or second in command, of the Enterprise at the time and later became its commander.
The videos became public when they were released Sunday by a newspaper in Norfolk.
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Lewd videos featuring a top naval officer are raising questions, like why he was promoted. It comes two months after the Marine Corps quickly removed the Cherry Point commander after his DWI arrest.
Some of the videos depict same-sex showering, and were produced on board the USS Enterprise several years ago. Others contain gay slurs and references to sexual acts.
They feature Captain Owen Honors, at the time, the second-ranking officer on the aircraft carrier.
Honors is now the ship's commander, and a Navy investigation is underway. A Navy spokesman says the videos "...were not acceptable then and are not acceptable today."
In a statement to the Virginia-Pilot Newspaper, which first reported the story, the Navy said it had put a stop to videos with "inappropriate content" on the Enterprise years ago, and "the videos created on-board USS Enterprise in 2006-2007 were not created with the intent to offend anyone. The videos were intended to be humorous skits focusing the crew's attention on specific issues such as port visits, traffic safety, water conservation, ship cleanliness, etc."
The newspaper reports Honors did not respond to requests for comment, and neither did his then-commanding officer.
This all comes two months after the Marine Corps says it lost confidence in the commander at the Cherry Point Air Station after his drunk driving arrest.
Col. Douglas Denn was relieved of command the day after it was revealed he had been arrested for DWI in Carteret County. The Marine Corps says Denn's conduct eroded "good order and discipline", even though the commander had not been convicted of the charge. Denn has a January 26th court date.
Denn was reassigned to administrative duty and the Marines say there has been no change in his status.