From U.S. Fleet Forces Command
NORFOLK (NNS) — Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, Adm. John C. Harvey, has completed a review, taken all immediate actions and forwarded recommendations to the chief of naval operations for additional actions to be taken by the secretary of the Navy concerning the findings of the investigation Harvey ordered into the production of inappropriate videos aboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
The investigation documented that at least 25 videos containing inappropriate scenes were produced and shown to the crew of Enterprise from October 2005 to December 2007.
Enterprise’s executive officers, as well as other officers and senior enlisted Sailors, were prominently depicted in these videos, acting crudely or in sexually suggestive ways.
The investigation concluded that the production and broadcast of these videos represent a significant departure from expected standards of personal behavior and professional leadership in the Navy. In addition, the investigation confirmed the profound lack of judgment on the part of Capt. Owen Honors, then serving as Enterprise’s executive officer. The behavior exhibited during these “XO Movie Night” videos violates long-standing norms of exemplary conduct required of all naval officers by public law and U.S. Navy Regulations (10 U.S.C. 5947 and Article 1131 NAVREGS, respectively).
To document the responsibility and assure proper accountability for these violations of expected standards of personal and professional behavior, Harvey took the following actions:
• Forwarded to the chief of naval operations a recommendation that the secretary of the Navy issues Secretarial Letters of Censure to the following officers:
• Issued non-punitive letters of caution to Rear Adm. Raymond Spicer and Vice Adm. Daniel Holloway, the strike group commanders, embarked in Enterprise during the ship’s 2006 and 2007 deployments. Harvey has further requested that a copy of this investigation, as well as his endorsement, be entered into their permanent military records.
• Counseled Rear Adm. Gregory Nosal and Rear Adm. Clifford Sharpe, the carrier air wing commander and destroyer squadron commodore, embarked in Enterprise during the ship’s 2006 deployment.
• Issued non-punitive letters of caution to 32 officers, senior enlisted Sailors and Sailors who demonstrated deficiencies in personal behavior or professional judgment related to the production and broadcast of these videos.
“Navy leaders are vested with extraordinary military authority and must be held to a higher standard and maintain their credibility in the eyes of their subordinates under the most difficult, even possibly life-threatening, circumstances. Poor judgment and behavior that undermines that credibility threatens good order and discipline and, over time, jeopardizes the crew’s faith in its leadership,” said Harvey. “Our leaders’ judgment must be beyond reproach.”
To be true to the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment, Navy leaders are required to ensure the well-being of all, show respect toward all and treat each individual with dignity. Harvey found those involved in the production of these videos and those that did not take sufficient action to stop them from being produced did not meet that high standard.
“The Navy’s officers and Sailors are truly remarkable individuals, the finest young men and women our country has to offer, and they deserve principled leadership. These events on Enterprise were unfortunate and an aberration,” said Harvey. “Fortunately, our Navy is a learning organization, and the significant lessons-learned (and re-learned) from this investigation are already being studied, discussed and incorporated into appropriate leadership training curricula.”
Copies of the investigation, Harvey’s endorsement and the videos are available at the following website – http://usfleetforcesfoia.info/enterprise_investigation.htm.