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Navy Probes Raunchy Videos Aboard USS Enterprise

Jan 2, 2011 – 1:36 PM
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Lisa Holewa

Lisa Holewa Contributor

The U.S. Navy is investigating a series of raunchy videos produced and shown via closed-circuit television to the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise while deployed in 2006 and 2007, apparently by current commander Capt. Owen Honors.

Honors, who was then the carrier's executive officer, or second in command, starred in the short videos, shown with the logo XO Movie Night, The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., reported today.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) transits through the Persian Gulf during flight operations Aug. 17, 2007. (U.S Navy)
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A series of raunchy videos were shown to the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in 2006 and 2007.
The newspaper posted footage, with some faces blurred, on its website. The videos depict simulated masturbation, two female soldiers pretending to wash each other in a shower, anti-gay slurs and other sexual content.

"Production of videos, like the ones produced four to five years ago on USS Enterprise and now being written about in the Virginian-Pilot, were not acceptable then and are still not acceptable in today's Navy," Navy spokesman Cmdr. Chris Sims said in a statement, according to CNN. "The Navy does not endorse or condone these kinds of actions."

The statement also said, "U.S. Fleet Forces Command has initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the production of these videos; however, it would be inappropriate to comment any further on the specifics of the investigation."
In this undated photo released by the U.S. Navy, Navy Capt. Owen Honors is shown in an official portrait. The top officer aboard a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier broadcast to his crew a series of profanity-laced comedy sketches in which he uses gay slurs, mimics masturbation and opens the shower curtain on women pretending to bathe together, a newspaper reported. The Virginian-Pilot reported in its Sunday editions that Capt. Honors appeared in the videos in 2006 and 2007 while he was the USS Enterprise's second-ranking officer, and showed them across the ship on closed-circuit television. He took over as the ship's commander in May. (U.S. Navy/AP)
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Navy Capt. Owen Honors stars in raunchy videos that were shown to his crew aboard the USS Enterprise in 2006 and 2007, a newspaper reported Saturday.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, the videos were made with government equipment, and some were produced when the ship was actively deployed to help war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the video posted on the newspaper's website, Honors says: "Over the years I've gotten several complaints about inappropriate material during these videos. Never to me personally but, gutlessly, through other channels."

He adds, "This evening, all of you bleeding hearts ...why don't just go ahead and hug yourselves for the next 20 minutes or so, because there's a really good chance you're gonna be offended. This evening we're gonna go through some racy topics."

The first topic, he says, always brings "easy laughs:" a string of clips edited together of him and others using "the F-bomb," which is repeatedly bleeped out on the newspaper's website. The video goes on to string together clips showing Honors and other sailors pretending to masturbate, set to a song called "Spank."

"Finally, let's get to my favorite topic," Honors says. "Something foreign to the gay kid over there -- chicks in the shower. This is certainly the most popular video of any of the XO Movie videos. It's also the one that's landed me with the most complaints."

The movies, written and produced by Honors and starring him, were shown about once a week on closed-circuit shipwide television, according to sailors interviewed by the Virginian-Pilot, which said they requested their names not be used for fear of reprisals.

A senior Navy official told NBC News that top officers became aware of the videos years ago and told Honors and others at the time to "knock it off."

The Enterprise is scheduled to deploy again within several weeks. But the Navy officials interviewed by NBC told the station that it now appears unlikely Honors will command the ship.

In this frame grab taken from video provided to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, U.S. Navy Capt. Owen Honors appears in one of a series of profanity-laced comedy sketches that were broadcast on the USS Enterprise via closed-circuit television.
Virginian-Pilot/AP
The sailors who spoke to the Virginian-Pilot estimated that Honors made a few dozen videos for XO Movie Night, but added that not all of them contained sexual content.

A Facebook fan page set up for supporters of the Enterprise was abuzz today with talk of the story, with many people commenting that they support Honors and appreciated his movies and humor.

One post read: "The XO movie night was one of the few things we looked forward to during deployment in '06. It is a shame that this distraction has been stirred up now years later."
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