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article imageU.S. Navy captain temporarily relieved of duty due to lewd videos

By Kay Mathews     Jan 3, 2011 in Politics
Captain Owen Honors, of the USS Enterprise, has been temporarily relieved of duty pending an investigation by the US Navy regarding lewd videos he hosted and starred in that were broadcast on closed-circuit TV to sailors.
According to 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."
The videos, two of which can be found on the ABC News site, are said to be produced by Honors who was "the second in command of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise."
Raunchy language, sailors dressed in drag, women in showers together, men in showers together, and "derogatory references to homosexuals" are featured in the skits.
Posts appearing on the USS Enterprise's Facebook page indicate a range of opinions on the issue, some in support of Capt. Honors such as a comment from Kim Ohl that reads, in part, "My family supports the Capt. 110%."
Kerry Tams wrote:
The uninformed media has weakened a ship and her crew at the worst possible moment - just before deployment and after so much work together. Our son is on that ship, has dealt with the Captain and has spoken very highly of him. This attack, along with the extremely questionable timing and motive, has put our son and ev...ery sailor aboard Enterprise at risk. I am appalled. Captain Honors, there are many like us - know that you have our full support and we are secure in knowing you are responsible for our sons safety. He would follow you anywhere, and that's all we need to know.
Others, however, are not so supportive. Bruce Shank wrote, "Being a leader does not mean being an entertainer. If you want to do gaudy stand-up, then go do it at a comedy club. NOT from the command of a USN aircraft carrier."
And, as noted by ABC News, a spokesman for the Navy's Fleet Force Command said in a statement that "the Navy does not endorse or condone these kinds of actions" and called the videos "inappropriate."
MSNBC reports that "The Navy said Sunday it will investigate the 'clearly inappropriate' videos shown through the nuclear-powered ship's closed-circuit television system as part of an onboard movie night."
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