Officer's Raunchy Videos 'Clearly Inappropriate,' Navy Says

January 3, 2011

Mark Memmott

"There's a really good chance you're going to be offended," U.S. Navy Capt. Owen Honors (who was then his ship's executive officer) says at the start of a video shown to the 6,000 men and women of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

Given that the XO Movie Night video he produced included anti-gay slurs, simulated masturbation, the simulated eating of human excrement, a discussion of profanity and sexually-themed shower scenes, his prediction was pretty safe.

The Navy says it is investigating the "clearly inappropriate" videos that Honors starred in, which were shown in 2006 and 2007 aboard the ship's closed-circuit television system.

The Virginian-Pilot, which broke the story of the videos, has posted an edited version of one on its website. Be warned: Even though the newspaper bleeped out some words and obscured some faces and actions, the video will still offend many viewers. Click here if you want to see it.

According to the Virginian-Pilot:

"In the videos, Honors indicates that he's trying to entertain the crew. They were shown roughly once a week on closed-circuit shipwide television, according to a handful of sailors who were assigned to the Enterprise at the time. The sailors requested anonymity for fear of retribution.

"One of them said he mailed a complaint about the videos to the Navy Inspector General this week. Others said crew members who raised concerns aboard the ship in 2006 and 2007 were brushed off."

The newspaper adds that "Honors did not respond to requests for comment. Neither did the Enterprise's then-commanding officer, Larry Rice, who was later promoted to the rank of rear admiral." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.