Discharge Recommended for Navy Capt. Over Videos

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.
The admiral conducting the investigation into the raunchy videos shown to the crew of the aircraft carrier Enterprise has recommended that Captain Owen Honors, who as the ship's executive officer, produced and starred in the videos, be discharged from the Navy.

Earlier, Honors had been relieved of his command, but this would kick him out of the Navy.

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Honors has a right to show cause why he should not be kicked out. He has submitted a 15-page written statement claiming that the videos were known and even tacitly encouraged by his superior officers. His attorney, Charles Gittens, has been quoted as saying that the videos were not inappropriate by the standards that existed aboard Navy ships at the time they were shown in 2006 and 2007, and that they conveyed important safety messages to the crew.

The investigation, which will also decide what action to take against other senior officers who knew about the videos, is expected to be completed this week.

  • David Martin

    David Martin is CBS News' National Security Correspondent.


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