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Panel: Ex-Enterprise captain can stay in Navy despite misconduct

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)

August 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Navy captain who made raunchy and offensive videos while second-in-command of an aircraft carrier will be allowed to stay in the Navy.

A naval board of inquiry found that Capt. Owen P. Honors committed misconduct, but it did not recommend that he be kicked out of the service.

Honors produced the videos while serving as executive officer on the USS Enterprise. They included simulated sex scenes, anti-gay slurs and other inappropriate material.

Honors said the videos were made to improve morale while teaching important shipboard lessons, such as water conservation.

He helped produce and appeared in the videos that aired on the ship's closed circuit television network between October 2005 and December 2007, when he was the ship's executive officer.

Maintaining morale is part of the executive officer's job and by all accounts the videos were wildly popular with the crew.

They were shown to thousands of sailors each Saturday night before a feature length film Honors' had chosen and many sailors proudly agreed to appear in them.

Honors was relieved of command in January after several of the videos were leaked to media outlets. He was assigned to administrative duties.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.