Watch: Navy Captain Loses Permanent Command of Ship; Two More Raunchy Videos Released


Captain Owen Honors has been permanently removed from his duties (not temporarily, as reported last night) over a series of raunchy videos he produced and broadcast to the crew of the USS Enterprise in 2006 and 2007, when he was then XO.

"A replacement commander is expected be named at 2 p.m., although the ship will still sail in two weeks for a war zone. Honors is not expected to be kicked out of the Navy, but losing command of the carrier will surely end his career advancement."

The AP looks back on Honors' career...

And Pete Clark, the veteran sailor who served under Eric ("snorkeler") Massa, mounts an impassioned defense of Honors in the Atlantic...

Two additional videos in the series he produced for his ship have been released.

You can view them, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Anticlimactic ending. Exit Captain Owen Honors.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 4, 2011 7:00:09 PM

  2. Why the disclaimer at the start of each video? The commander and the admiral were also derlict in duty as well for allowing this to happen. An admiral or captain of a freaking nuclear aircraft carrier can't use the defense "I didn't know what was going on on my ship" as a defense. It's their job to know and this is why they have staff to support them.

    His military personal could not, in any way shape or form, particpate in actual, real life behavior whithout repercussion and discipline. They couldn't gang up on a female in the chow hall and ask her to save water by showering together and get away with it. Ironicaly, it would the be the Exec O who would be responsible for ensuring the discipline was enacted. They would probaly get busted in rank, forfiet pay and possibly be confined.

    In any civilian employment setting his behavior would violate HR policy, and possibly federal or state law and probably result in termination of employment and possible exposure to litigation.

    Plus, the guy is creepy. He deserves his punishment and his career is over.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Jan 4, 2011 7:15:17 PM

  3. Still not seeing what's "raunchy"...

    Will try to be patient until Chi Chi gets around to it.

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 4, 2011 7:22:08 PM

  4. There is a difference between corny and slapstick and lewd and raunchy. Of course in my years serving I've seen much worse behind closed doors in certain select audiences and that's not to say that it still doesn't go on today or that it makes it right.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Jan 4, 2011 7:22:27 PM

  5. It's a shame his career is ending because of this.

    Posted by: Edd | Jan 4, 2011 7:26:40 PM

  6. When Elaine Donnelly agrees with you, that should give anyone pause. Make no mistake, the FRC and Donnelly are gunning for Admiral Mullins and will use this in every way they can. How about not aiding and abetting the enemy.

    Posted by: Loki7329 | Jan 4, 2011 7:35:42 PM

  7. I should at the very least expect the comedy to be, well, funny.

    This isn't about not letting anyone have fun. He could have let the sailors produce stuff like this and looked the other way. He could have had a professional comedian come aboard and be as naughty as he likes. He could have produced his own video without being so insensitive to women, gays and those who were offended. He could have found ways to make a joke without depicting himself masturbating, eating feces or showering with his underlings. It's not a choice between this or no comedy at all. That's a false premise.
    This would never fly if a CEO at any corporation showed it to all of his employees and it shouldn't fly here.
    This guy was second in command. He was in charge of maintaining order and discipline, among other things. Where do you draw the line for the enlisted men and women if the guy at the top has no sense of propriety? And how do they have respect for their boss when he depicts himself as just as horny and juvenile as they are?
    Lots of officers in similar positions have weighed in and they agree that this guy was way out of line, violated rules of conduct unbecoming an officer, showed extremely poor judgement/lack of common sense, and also testified that they were able to boost morale in their units without lowering themselves to this kind of crap.
    Lots of young sailors are defending him because they think he's a great guy and thought the vids were hilarious. Says a lot about the mentality and maturity of our enlisted men and women. But their commander is not supposed to lower himself to their level. He should be trying to elevate them to his.
    I am not surprised that the kids who sign up have the sense of humor of a 12 year old, but the guys promoted to the top need to be better. And we should at least TRY to see that these kids leave the service as more mature, more fully formed human beings.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Jan 4, 2011 7:43:45 PM

  8. Which enemy?

    These two videos are weak tea compared to the one that got him into trouble.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 4, 2011 7:49:21 PM

  9. I still don't understand why it took so long for the Navy's highest commanders to do anything about this. I'm curious if the videos hadn't come to widespread public attention, would they have done anything at all to discipline Honors?

    Posted by: obmitar | Jan 4, 2011 7:52:57 PM

  10. I'm talking about Elaine Donnelly and the FRC. They would love to use this to take down Admiral Mullins and certain members of our community seemed intent on helping them do it.

    Posted by: Loki7329 | Jan 4, 2011 8:00:09 PM

  11. He sure was fixated on DADT and gay people. He could have done the videos without being inappropriate and homophobic. Instead it shows 12-year-old mentality running a ship.

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 4, 2011 8:07:15 PM

  12. These videos and the entire culture are sick. Does anyone remember Tailhook?

    Posted by: RB | Jan 4, 2011 8:21:55 PM

  13. Sophomoric - for sure. Homophobic. Nah. Fixated on gay people and DADT, not a chance. Apolitical problem: forgotten in five days.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 4, 2011 8:23:03 PM

  14. As said, the issue isn't really so much about what he did (as offensive as some of it may be), but the position he had. As an officer, and especially as an XO, he is judged by different standards than a junior sailor.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 4, 2011 8:35:43 PM

  15. Seems like he is making as much fun of himself as he is of anyone else. I am having trouble seeing the issue with these. I like the guy and I'd bet you that he's not homophobic. We are our own worst enemies sometimes and suck the fun out of the world in the name of being politically correct until even I can't stand it.

    Posted by: Curt | Jan 4, 2011 9:06:25 PM

  16. Our country has collectively lost its sense of humor. This is how the f**ktard Republicans can win elections...political correctness run amok.

    Posted by: Greg | Jan 4, 2011 9:14:39 PM

  17. Surprised I haven't heard anybody else speculate, but he's sure giving off some serious gay vibes himself. The most maniacally obsessed with ten gay often turns out to be a deeply repressed member of the team.

    Posted by: Anyway | Jan 4, 2011 9:15:07 PM

  18. I seem to be missing something I do not see anything offensive.

    Posted by: hassia | Jan 4, 2011 9:20:26 PM

  19. this is a thousand more times more dangerous to our military than the repeal of DADT. Our enemies are seeing what clowns our military leaders are and how unprepared Americans are in times of war! These douchebags are spending trillions of our taxpayer dollars on this garbage of homophobia, sexism, cheap filthy antics. Yeah they are stressed out, who isn't?! But using this as an excuse to blow off steam is an poor excuse for poor judgement. Im sure McCain is furious, yeah right.

    Posted by: me | Jan 4, 2011 9:21:15 PM

  20. After watching this I'm wondering what all the fuss was. Are the movies stupid? Yes. Poorly done? Yes.
    Should an example be set about no tolerance for this kind of command betcha.....but ending his career? No. Not in my opinion.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jan 4, 2011 9:53:28 PM

  21. yeah, give him a Baby Ruth and he's a regular Colin Farrell

    Posted by: blokrway | Jan 4, 2011 10:35:24 PM

  22. Are you kidding?! This is just a silly video and as offensive as your average episode of South Park- I do wish we would have seen more of Suppo's shower scene...

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 4, 2011 10:51:45 PM

  23. Anyone who would view his removal from command as an over-reaction either doesn't understand the military, common sense, maturity, harassment-free workplaces and/or simple decency.

    Posted by: justme | Jan 4, 2011 10:57:20 PM

  24. People have been relieved of command for less and in less prestigious positions

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 4, 2011 11:16:00 PM

  25. The guy is so fixated on sex and gay sex in particular...."Methinks the homophobe doth protest too much!"

    Posted by: Scott | Jan 4, 2011 11:31:43 PM

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