- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Thursday was expected to release the findings of its investigation into the broadcast of raunchy videos aboard the USS Enterprise, including what actions will be taken against the nuclear aircraft carrier’s former commander.

Capt. Owen Honors was relieved of command in January shortly before a scheduled deployment to the Middle East after Navy leaders learned about the videos from media reports.

The videos, produced on the ship and broadcast to the crew during deployments between October 2005 and December 2007, included anti-gay slurs, sailors of both genders in shower scenes and salty language. The videos were broadcast over the ship’s television system during weekly movie nights.

Capt. Honors, who was serving as the Enterprise’s executive officer at the time, starred in the videos. Sailors aboard the ship when the videos aired have said they were intended to be humorous and served as a way of maintaining morale on long deployments.

Adm. John Harvey, commander of fleet forces, said the videos showed a profound lack of judgment when he moved Capt. Honors into an administrative job at Naval Station Norfolk.

The Navy said its investigation has focused on all aspects of the production of the videos, including the actions of other senior officers who knew about the videos and what actions they took in response.

Capt. Honors‘ civilian attorney, Charles W. Gittins, has said that if Capt. Honors had been told to stop producing and broadcasting the videos, he would have done so.

As part of its investigation, the Navy prevented Rear Adm. Lawrence Rice from retiring on Feb. 1. Adm. Rice commanded the Enterprise between December 2004 and May 2007.




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