Navy Suspends Frat-Boy Enterprise Skipper
January 4, 2011
(ChattahBox US News)–After raunchy frat-boy videos produced by Capt. Owen Honors several years ago, while the then-executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise surfaced over the weekend creating a media storm, it’s being reported that he will be relieved of duty while an investigation is conducted. Honors, a former Top Gun pilot and current commander of the nuclear-powered ship just weeks away from an overseas deployment, has come under fire for using poor judgment in making raunchy video skits, as part of “XO Movie Night” that contained homophobic slurs, profanity, sexism and other assorted juvenile antics, including simulated masturbation,”chicks in the shower,” rectal exams and the suggestion that an officer engaged in sex with a donkey.
ABC News reports Honors’ suspension will be temporary, while Navy leaders investigate the lewd video skits that were shown in a misguided attempt to boost the morale of the sailors during a stressful wartime deployment.
“The U.S. Navy will temporarily relieve Capt. Owen Honors of his post pending investigation of the series of explicit videos he is said to have produced when he was second in command of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, sources tell ABC News.”
“Capt. Honors is under investigation for a series of raunchy videos in which he appeared from 2006 to 2007. The videos featured a series of skits that aimed to provide some humor during the long deployment at sea. At the time the videos were produced, the Enterprise was operating in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
After the videos were released by the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, Navy spokesman Cmdr. Chris Sims, said the videos “…were not acceptable then and are still not acceptable in today’s Navy. The Navy does not endorse or condone these kinds of actions.”
Adm. John Harvey, head of the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command, ordered an investigation.
But despite the official condemnation from Navy leadership, the sailors who served under Honors on the “Big E” are coming to his defense on the ship’s Facebook page, calling the controversy a witch hunt.
“I too was on that deployment. Capt. Honors brought up our morale and provided well needed and appreciated comic relief. We were underway for long durations, supporting two theaters of war simultaneously, he brought many smiles to a worn out & tired crew. I can easily say that all of the crew, ship’s company & air wing embarked, appreciated the videos,” wrote Chief Petty Officer Andrew Hodyl.
“I’m ashamed that Capt. Honors is being investigated for this BS. He did his time and served his country as I, and many others have. I am one of those who enjoyed not only his PRESENCE, but also his leadership,” Justin Thomson wrote.
And Wes Stooksbury called for the crewmember who leaked the videos to the media to be “keel-hauled,” for destroying Honors’ career.
Honors has not issued a statement responding to the controversy.