Navy captain to lose post over videos: officials

Tue Jan 4, 2011 1:38pm EST
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By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier was expected to be relieved of command on Tuesday after producing bawdy videos that featured slurs against homosexuals, simulated masturbation and inane toilet humor.

The Navy was expected to announce its decision to relieve Capt. Owen Honors of the USS Enterprise later in the day, military officials said days after images from the videos began popping up on the Internet and in television news reports.

The Navy was planning to transport Honors from the Enterprise via helicopter on Tuesday, according to a senior Navy source.

Both the source and the military officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

Officials at the Navy's Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, the ship's home port, were not available for comment.

Honors produced and starred in the videos aboard ship three or four years ago, when he was executive officer, or second-in- command, of the nuclear-powered carrier. He was later promoted to command the USS Enterprise.

It was not clear why the issue suddenly came to light years after the fact.

The videos, which include sexually suggestive scenes of women showering together, sailors in drag and a mock anal examination, were broadcast aboard the ship's closed-circuit television system as movie night entertainment for the carrier's 5,800 crew members and aviators.   Continued...