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Navy commander loses job over videos

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The Navy has permanently removed a senior Navy officer from command of an aircraft carrier over raunchy comedy videos he made and showed to the crew.

The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., said Capt. Owen Honors showed "extremely poor judgment" in the videos that included anti-gay slurs and sexual innuendo.

Honors was reassigned to an administrative role. The admiral said the Navy continues to investigate the case of the videos from 2006 and 2007 and will look into what other officers aboard the USS Enterprise knew about them. Honors was executive officer, or second in command, of the Enterprise at the time and later became its commander.

The videos became public when they were released Sunday by a newspaper in Norfolk.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense officials say the Navy is expected to relieve the commander of an aircraft carrier from his command in the wake of reports about sexually explicit videos on ship.

A senior defense official says the announcement on Capt. Owen Honors of the USS Enterprise, currently stationed in Norfolk, Va., is expected Tuesday afternoon. The officials said the Navy has chosen a commander to replace Honors on the nuclear-powered ship which is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East this month.

The officials revealed plans for Honors only on the grounds of anonymity because no official announcement has yet been made.

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