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Tuesday
Jan042011

Relieved of Command: Navy Removes Capt. Owen Honors from Enterprise

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Navy is set to permanently remove Capt. Owen Honors as commander of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise Tuesday, according to Pentagon sources. Pentagon leaders lost confidence in his ability to lead after raunchy videos he produced as an Enterprise officer in 2007 were leaked to a Virginia newspaper. A replacement commander is expected be named. The ship will still sail in two weeks for a warzone.

Honors is not expected to be kicked out of the Navy, but losing command of the carrier will surely end his career advancement.

Before the series of raunchy videos he produced years ago leaked to a Virginia newspaper over the weekend, Navy Capt. Owen Honors was known within the ranks as a popular officer and a decorated Top Gun aviator.

The videos, produced in 2006-2007 when Honors was the No. 2 officer aboard the Enterprise, show him introducing and starring in often lewd skits about life onboard the mammoth ship. They were broadcast on closed-circuit television ship-wide almost weekly in an attempt to raise morale during long and stressful deployments at sea. The videos appear to have been tolerated by the ship's commanding officer at the time.

In a video obtained by the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, Honors is seen griping about individuals who complained about the offensive content in the skits. The paper also reported that official complaints to leaders at the time were brushed aside. A new admiral who took over command of the Enterprise Strike Group in February 2007 had their production halted. 

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