4 Navy officers censured in video scandal

NORFOLK, Va. — The secretary of the Navy issued censure letters yesterday to four high-ranking officers over a series of raunchy videos shown to thousands of sailors aboard the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier, including the captain who produced and starred in many of them.

A letter of censure does not end a military officer’s career, but it makes it unlikely that the officer will be promoted.

Captain Owen P. Honors Jr. was the aircraft carrier’s number two officer when he helped produce and appeared in the series of videos that aired on the ship’s closed-circuit TV station on deployments between October 2005 and December 2007.

The Navy’s investigation found that Honors had produced at least 25 videos with inappropriate scenes, including antigay slurs, sailors of both genders shown in shower scenes, and vulgar topics and language. In one of the videos, Honors acknowledged he had received complaints about “XO Movie Night’’ but didn’t stop the videos.

Honors was relieved of command this January shortly before a planned deployment, after Navy leaders learned about the videos from media reports.

Rear Admirals Ron Horton and Larry Rice, both former commanders of the Enterprise, and Honors’s successor on the Enterprise, Captain John Dixon, received the other censure letters from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

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