Racy Videos Cost Navy Captain His Carrier Command
Well, the investigation didn’t take long.
Capt. Owen Honors was relieved late yesterday of command of the USS Enterprise after racy videos made when he was Executive Officer of the vessel:
The Navy has relieved Capt. Owen Honors as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier Enterprise for showing “exceptionally poor judgment” when he produced a series of raunchy videos and broadcast them for his crew in 2006 and 2007.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon, Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., the four-star head of the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command, said Honors has been reassigned to an administrative job.
“After personally reviewing the videos Capt. Honors created while serving as executive officer, I have lost confidence in his ability to lead effectively,” Harvey said. “He is being held accountable for the poor judgment and inappropriate actions repeatedly demonstrated in those videos.”
Harvey said Capt. Dee Mewbourne, former commanding officer of the carrier Eisenhower, has taken permanent command of the Norfolk-based Enterprise. Mewbourne had been at Navy Cyber Forces.
Harvey acknowledged that this is a difficult time for the Enterprise’s crew and their families. The carrier is due to deploy in support of the war in Afghanistan in roughly two weeks.
Harvey said he has “full confidence” in the ship’s readiness under Mewbourne.
There seem to be some who are of the “boys will be boys” attitude here, but I think the fact that the Enterprise was scheduled to deploy soon played a role in the swiftness of the decision. It doesn’t strike me as a good thing to send a ship into a combat zone with their Commanding Officer under a cloud.