Four Navy officers get letters of censure over lewd video
March 18th, 2011
03:18 PM ET

Four Navy officers get letters of censure over lewd video

The secretary of the Navy has issued letters of censure to Capt. Owen Honors and three other officers involved in the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise lewd video scandal, Navy spokesman Capt. Danny Hernandez said.

The letters effectively end the officers careers, as they will prevent promotion. The letters cannot be appealed.

Honors created the videos and was second-in-command on the Enterprise at the time. Others receiving censure were his successor, Capt. John Dixon, and former Enterprise commanders Rear Adm. Larry Rice and Rear Adm. Ron Horton.

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  1. USSDumbbutt

    I'm a jerk

    March 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • IntheNavy

      Yes you are. So leave.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve B

    Hey USSDumbbut
    The Navy is a water taxi for the Marines not the Army. You sure as hell probably did serve and if you did it was on a base all by your self.
    As for the Censure. What a crap. Ruin 4 careers for a video. A lousy stinking video you are going to ruin their careers. The Sec of the Navy should be censured as well.

    March 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. USSDumbbutt

    Stupid actions by poor leaders (regardless of the discipline imposed).

    March 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • IntheNavy

      Stupid is as stupid does .. is what my mama says ..... durka durka

      March 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Red

    After reading the article, I understand that they are unable from here on out to receive promotions. I get that it ends their career as far as advancement is concerned. If anybody here could tell me, are they able to stay in the Navy at their current rank if they choose to do that?

    March 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jackson

    At least they didn't get double secret probation.

    March 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Liberty Queen

    Dixon, Rice, Horton and [Dis]-Honors got what they deserved. Denigrate, disparage and trash those in uniform who risk their lives... Service Women, Lesbians and Gays... and put it on videos and show it to an entire ship, this is what you get... goodbye and good riddance to these punks!

    March 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    "If you argue with an idiot, you're an idiot." -Cesar 2011.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cantbelieveit

    They should have been let go. It's such a sad state of affairs any more when people think the Navy was too harsh. Shows just how helpless people are now. I doubt the Navy could fight a real war any more, since they're all stuck in the showers & filming video tapes 24/7.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    You people never cease to amaze me. You can't look at an issue beyond the tips of your noses can you? That's why you're “offended,” "amazed," or "outraged." You can't see the forest for the trees. Two major issue/points you keep ignoring (perhaps on purpose?):

    1. Failure to exercise good judgment: Not everyone is selected for an officer position; something has to distinguish an officer from everyone else. The distinguishers include: character, good judgment, knowledge, leadership, and the ability to make the RIGHT decisions in high-stress and low-stress environments. Clearly, these "people" exercised poor judgment, lead their subordinates in the wrong direction with a poor train of thought, and made the WRONG decision. This letter of censure is the Navy's way of telling these guys “we made a mistake when selecting you for your role as officers/leaders. Now go sit down.” Further, it sets a clear precedent for other sailors; that precedent is to focus on the mission at hand and you won't have time for such nonsense. If you have downtime, find something constructive to do. If you need to make silly videos, wait until you get out of the Navy to do them. If you can't wait, then you need to see a therapist!

    2. Closed-mindedness and unwillingness to seek alternatives: If they wanted to make a video about their opinions, why not solicit everyone on the ship to put on a small production that highlights ALL points of view surrounding the issue. They could have sent it directly to the Secretary of the Navy. They seemed to have a lot of downtime, so why not use it as an educational opportunity where everyone can be involved? Had they done this, I could see this potentially being a model leadership team and such a carefully-crafted video serving as a benchmark for other branches of the military to honorably express their views. Further, I could see these guys moving up the ranks instead of dusting off their resumes as they prepare either sit tight until retirement or move into the private sector…where there’s no UCMJ to hide behind.
    Part of America's problem is that we have become so closed-minded, limited, and elementary in our thinking that simply because we have low expectations of ourselves, we think others should be measured by the same or lower expectations. In talking with and working with members of the military on a daily basis, I'm almost embarrassed at some of the things that come out of some of their mouths – both officers and non-officers.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • IntheNavy

      Durka durka ???

      March 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhooBar


      You work with the military, but you are not actually in the military. Correct?

      But you are qualified to make a judgement, right?

      That's like saying the bat-boy is qualified to play in the major leagues. Because he works with the players every day.

      Step up and put on a uniform, please.
      Or just exercise your right to remain silent.

      March 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ed Bailey

    After two enlistments I have respect for most of our military leaders. Humor is needed more than anything else most of the time. Stick in mud loser types who have never dealt with life or death just don't get it. To ruin a good mans career permanently is a much bigger trajedy. Why did America keep reruns of M.A.S.H. For decades. HUMOR!!!!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    What happens in this blog, stays in this blog.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • IntheNavy

      You rock ...... durka durka

      March 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tom l

    A censure letter is a big deal. Once an officer gets one of these (esp. at upper grades/higher ranks), their next step is request early retirement. However, despite the damage to these officers's careers, they should also recieve at least some punishment under UCMJ–an article 15 or worse given the current emphasis in society and civil service on women's rights.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James

    It should ruin his career. We any of us in public service leave our brains at home one day and do something incredibly stupid, our careers are ruined as well.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. flappersjazz

    Offensive or not isnt the question. Theyre supposed to set a good example for those they command. In this instance they lost their respect, set the navy back 200 years, disgraced their uniform, and put both soldiers and sailors in a bad light. What they did or allowed to happen on their watch violated the uniform code of military justice. How can they discipline someone for doing the same thing they did? They cant.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Moogie

    Civilians can never understand military life, protocol, regulations, and hardships. I'm not saying what they did was totally PC but when these officers abruptly retire (and they will because who wants to stay in a job with no chance of ever getting promoted?); who will replace them? Officers at this level are not a dime a dozen and their experience is very valuable. Is this going to improve the morale overall? Does this hurt the Navy's mission? Oh, and that comment that was made about the Navy being "killers"? Aircraft carriers and destroyers are capable of killing alot of people with their weapons...

    March 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
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