Former carrier captain's retirement on hold, pending video probe
Capt. Owens Honors was the second in command when the videos were shown.
January 13th, 2011
01:42 PM ET

Former carrier captain's retirement on hold, pending video probe

A former commanding officer of the USS Enterprise has had his scheduled retirement delayed pending the Navy investigation into inappropriate videos made on board the ship in 2006 and 2007, a Navy spokesman said Thursday.

"This is a prudent and necessary step as the investigation continues," said Rear Adm. Dennis Moynihan, chief of Navy information.

Rear Adm. Lawrence Rice had been scheduled to retire on February 1. He was the senior officer on board Enterprise during at least some of the time Capt. Owens Honors was the number two officer. Honors was responsible for the raunchy videos, officials have said.

Honors had become the commanding officer of the Enterprise, but was relieved of duty this month when the videos came to light inside the Navy.

After serving on the Enterprise, Rice moved to Joint Forces Command, where he was until recently being reassigned to the Navy Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, pending conclusion of the investigation.

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  1. Patrick Dolan

    So,We lose one of our best Commanders for what? A Video! Guy's like this are hard to find and this Country needs all we can get but to let them go over such a Foolish thing is a waste of talent.A reprimand would have been in order or perhaps a talking to behind closed doors.
    God help you if you ever show any signs of being Human in todays Navy !!!

    January 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ldean

      Heaven forbid a CAPTAIN of a United States Aircraft Carrier is acting like a nine year old. Hang him for dishonoring all the women/men who wear the uniform.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nitalynn

      Your idea of a good officer and mine diverge highly. I did almost 10 years, about 7 as an NCO. What bothers me is how he managed to get that high in the first place.

      January 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sotrue

    term limits for all unelected gods. Sounds right. They are so overworked and overstressed that they will gladly support this. Chairman cheny and colin powell both agree. Enough is truly enough. We are the future...they are the tired and old like all such gods.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Doug stephens

    the videos were in violation of navy policy. As the captain at the time , rice was responsible. An investigation is warranted and appropriate.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JWoody

    Capt Honors made bad choices, but ultimately did no harm to his ship, his crew, or the Navy other than some minor PR. He should be reprimanded and returned to duty as CO of the Enterprise. His years of expertise and devotion to duty far outweigh some frat-boy-like infractions.

    January 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ldean

      Aren't we lowering the bar pretty far when we start "accepting" frat boy behavior from the Captain of an aircraft carrier? It opens up all kinds of behavior to be relabeled as acceptable for the lowest grade seaman. No excuse for his behavior and forced retirement is hardly any kind of monetary penalty. He merely shamed the uniform for everyone who serves.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nitalynn

      If you play the "good old boy" with your troops and then have to turn around and tell one or more to go out and almost certainly give their lives, say to fight a fire on board around ammo and flammables how is that going to to down? That is why an officer must have the respect of the people under him at all times. When the guy at the top doesn't have that respect how do the ones all down the line expect the people below them to have respect.
      Since military retirees may be recalled to service in an emergency he needs to leave the service in such a manner that cannot see the whole issue forgotten and him returned to service in such a position of authority. His copybook needs to be thoroughly blotted.

      January 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don Wuerl

    Any branch of service should disavow such conduct; it was and still is disgusting and not honorable in any way shape or form.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    Leave him alone...people can have a sense of humor ANYWHERE and ANYTIME as long as he harms no one or himself! So stupid to waste resources and budget on issues that have no merit.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |