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Official: Navy capt to be relieved of command

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)

January 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Navy captain at the center of a lewd video scandal will be relieved of duty on Tuesday, according to Navy officials.Capt. Owen Honors is expected to be relieved of his command of the USS Enterprise. ABC News reported that the decision was made because the Navy lost confidence in Honors' ability to lead.

A replacement is expected to be named sometime Tuesday. Honors is not being kicked out of the Navy, but he will be losing command of his ship. The Navy had initially decided to temporarily relieve Honors of his post but apparently changed its decison.

The officials revealed the plans for Honors only on the grounds of anonymity because no official announcement has yet been made.

Honors produced and appears in videos which contain sexually oriented skits and gay slurs. The videos were made in 2007 but were made public over the weekend.

The videos were played on the shipwide TV system during weekly movie night when Honors was executive officer, or second in command, of the Enterprise. Honors has since become commander of the ship.

In response to the videos, a Navy spokesman said the type of videos produced by Honors, "Were not acceptable then and are not acceptable in today's Navy," and that "U.S. Fleet Forces Command has initiated an investigation."

Some sailors who served on the Enterprise are coming to Honors' defense, saying the videos provided welcome comic relief during long deployments supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Enterprise was deployed in the Middle East at the time the videos were made and is weeks from deploying again.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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