Defense Official: Navy officer to be relieved of his command
Navy Capt. Owen Honors was second-in-command when the videos were shown.
January 4th, 2011
11:13 AM ET

Defense Official: Navy officer to be relieved of his command

Navy Capt. Owen Honors, who produced profanity- and slur-laden videos while second in command of the USS Enterprise, has been relieved of his command of the ship, a senior defense official told CNN Tuesday.

Excerpts from the videos and descriptions of their content were first published Saturday by The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia.

The videos on the paper's website, reviewed by CNN, feature a man identified by two Navy officials and The Virginian-Pilot as Honors, who at the time was the executive officer, or second in command, of the aircraft carrier. He recently took command of the carrier, winning one of the most coveted assignments in the U.S. Navy, which has only 11 aircraft carriers.

Navy spokesman Cmdr. Chris Sims said the videos, which were shown to the crew of the Enterprise while on deployment supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, are "inappropriate."

Honors is shown cursing along with other members of his staff in an attempt to demonstrate humor, according to the videos.

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  1. purga

    It's really sad that an officer, like Honors, who must have worked so hard to earn that position in the military, loses all that because of foolish, demeaning & dishonorable acts.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    is it on you-tube yet?

    January 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dondondon

    breaking news... sailors swearing !!!!! look, this guys job is to kill people en mass. you're expecting him to be an angelic boy scout ? this is the #$#%#% military we are talking about here, not a convent. This is just the kind of guy we need to controll one of the most powerful weapons the planet has ever produced.

    January 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Really, I mean its just like the mic goes live during a play on the football field...I mean my mouth did dropped and ears burn...but who has stopped watching the NFL game. NFL, Navy same difference...

      January 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dondondon

    by the way, I served in the navy 1970-1973, and I am far left liberal.

    January 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm

    Now this is cussing irony at its highest: okay to be military with perverted a-zz li fe sty le but not military with perverted a-zz video. Get the cuss outta here!

    January 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tony glasper

    who cares about his bio? no man is beyond reproach!thats the problem with this nation.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ed Bailey

    Rumor has it that we had a good ole boy president from texas that had a passion for bourbon and passed out and urinated on the eagle on the oval office rug.He didn't get fired.his wife did make a fortune off of viet nam though!

    January 5, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jack Wane Jace

    Yo I was on that 06 07 cruse, and that Muther F er did more than just was show on those videos, talk bout misconduct! Yo if U were a female or a certain skin color don't even dream about advancing in rank any time soon!

    January 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
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