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. Cesar

    @CNN: There is less focus on your articles and discussions because someone keeps using our names to post crap. Please do something about this!!

    January 4, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    CNN: Why don't you get your computer staff to make all bloggers keep their names for X number of days. Your good bloggers are getting paranoid and accusing one another with good reason.

    January 4, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    People of the United States.
    Again,thanks to "Political Correctness"another outstanding Military Officer in Time Of War goes down the Toliet.
    If Bill Clinton for his adulterous conduct as Commandr and Chief and President Obama smoking Pot in his youth and god knows what else he has done which was a crime then there is serve double standard between Civilian and Military Leadership.

    January 4, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      The demolition job has just succeeded.

      January 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • patricia

      Seems to me he ruined his career all by himself by abandoning discretion.

      January 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sea man

      He managed to ruin his career all by himself by displaying bad judgement, by conduct that even the most dimwitted officer in the Navy would have been smart enough to know would offend SOMEBODY and get out EVENTUALLY. Furthmore, it's not the job of the commanding officer to be entertaining the crew. He demeaned his position in the first place by making humorous videos for the crew. The content only made his decisionworse. He's an idiot.

      January 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • K9

      This is beyond political correctness. I agree that we are too sensitive but for a person in command to act like this is ridiculous and shows poor judgement on his part. He should have been smart enough not to act like this on video if he wishes to be a commander. As a Plant Manager there are plenty of times where I wish I could act like I felt but at work I cannot. If I do not like it then I should get a job where I can act like a high schooler.

      January 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired LE

      Military personnel are held to a higher standard than politicians or civilians. And for good reason.....

      January 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. stick dog

    @Frank that's a good point but the military is very rigid – they're not gonna bend especially in a case like this that hit the front page – Clinton was a great President and Obama will be as well every human has done what they did the military however can't and won't see that even though sailors are very salty hard swearing drinking people. Same with the NFL some get a wrist slap others get crucified or they'll come up with fairy tales as to why they didn't crucify certain players – "he didn't cooperate" any other player he's out the league

    January 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • cobra

      You are drunk on the dimbama Kool aid!!!!

      January 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • patricia

      Military personnel and ESPECIALLY officers are supposed to uphold honor at all times. He failed.

      January 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmcalli

      Well said.

      January 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    Captain bigot got the boot he was wishing for others. He might want to change his name to Dick, or...

    January 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • patricia

      Exactly. He is supposed to hold a higher standard.

      January 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chato

    I wonder how many sailors were ruined by watching that raunchy video?

    January 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • justthefacts

      None. As a matter of fact, his support is overwhelming, not only from the thousands of men, women, and gays who served under him, but from around the world. And thanks to his wisdom and ability to lead and relate to these men and women, on a level and in a manner in which they were receptive to what he was trying to teach them, they all arrived home safe and sound, despite the perils they encountered on this cruise. You are seeing excerpts taken out of context. The gay men and women were also laughing. Humor is the best medicine, and his message was well received and heeded. I see more "raunchy' behavior flipping through the channels on my tv, and none of that is being delivered in the middle of an ocean, surrounded by danger. I don't enjoy "locker room humor" so I stay out of the locker rooms, and everyone was given the option to not view the videos if they found them distatesful. At the beginning, as has been reiterated over and over and over by the men and women who were there. Not the ignorant, uninformed merely logging on to point fingers and ruin a good man's life. Have you EVEN read his bio? Do you have a CLUE what he's done for his country. When you go to bed tonight you can thank him for taking these men, women, gays 1/2 way round the world, then back home again to our shores to continue fighting to keep us safe. Think about THAT.

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

      It's not a matter of who was harmed or not. He was trying to be the 'good guy' and you can't do that and lead. It's called command influence. Look it up.

      January 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Truth

    I tell you what's a crying shame. Its the pork projects in our national budget. Those who voted on the mess should be ejected. And for this captain, sure he was having fun, maybe in bad form but to relieve him of his command is ridicules. I guess the only people that get to have fun are Senators and Representatives, but at our expense.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • patricia

      The reason why they took action is because he was so high-profile and that's bad for PR.

      January 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • teevet

      As a military veteran I can say that this man is a disgrace to our military and to our nation. If I were in charge I'd kick out every single sailor in the video, the personnel in command at the time of the video, and the entire public affairs office present at the time they edited the video there. Looking at that GARBAGE, it makes us look like unintelligent clowns collectively. Were they on drugs? I just don't get how you convince so many people to follow such foolishness. The Navy aught to hang its flag UPSIDE DOWN in SHAME for this.

      January 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Uraluni

    It would be ironic if Honors turned out to be gay.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Smartypanz

    He should try applying at the "Southpark" studios doing voiceovers.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chuck

    This is why liberals are ruining America, an outstanding commander, who was praised for keeping moral high with sailor stationed in the Gulf fighting America's fight gets booted because of your views of "morality."

    January 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • patricia

      Yes but he turned out to be a liability due to his short-sightedness. He should not have participated in the video at all.

      January 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • seematt

      Yo moron, I'm a gun toting liberal combat veteran. It's the friggin wussies who've never served their country in wartime who are ruining it, and I count George W Bush as one of them, got out of going to Vietnam.

      January 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmcalli

      It's "morale," not "moral." Outstanding leaders don't make such stupid mistakes. Politics has nothing to do with it.

      January 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. patricia

    FAIL. Hopefully now he will realize what it means to uphold the honor of the United States Navy. It's a 24/7 job and he is held up to a higher standard.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. teevet

    As a military veteran I can say that this man is a disgrace to our military and to our nation. If I were in charge I'd kick out every single sailor in the video, the personnel in command at the time of the video, and the entire public affairs office present at the time they edited the video there. Looking at that GARBAGE, it makes us look like unintelligent clowns collectively. Were they on drugs? I just don't get how you convince so many people to follow such foolishness. The Navy aught to hang its flag UPSIDE DOWN in SHAME for this.

    January 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I believe when joking around, goofing off, acting like clowns, being an a-zz is in order and not an outlandish expectation...the officer should be allowed to stay, stand...really, what is it that they do anyway but delegate and wave blank white sheets of paper about pretending to work...

      January 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lakotahope

    What about the ceremonies for sailors who cross the equator and the arctic circle. (Shellbacks Pollywogs) Lots of foolishness here, but a strong tradition. Well, he'll never make Admiral, so he might as well retire to the private sector, make tons of money and appear on PBS, Face the Nation or maybe be a running mate for any political office. America forgave/ forgot "Slick Willy" Clinton. Heck, I like Slick Willie now.....go figure.

    January 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. HT vet

    I do believe with most. Except , I dont think he should have been kicked out. Just demoted !!

    January 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. judge

    Kirk and Picard would be ashamed.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
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