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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Stupidity knows no limits regarding rank...

Washington (CNN) -- The Navy has opened an investigation into how a series of raunchy videos, full of sexual innuendo and anti-gay remarks, were produced and shown to the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise while on deployment supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Navy spokesman Cmdr. Chris Sims said the videos, which were shown to the crew in 2006 and 2007, are "inappropriate."

Excerpts from the videos and descriptions of their content were first published Saturday by The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia.

The videos on the paper's website, reviewed by CNN, feature a man identified by two Navy officials and The Virginian-Pilot as Capt. Owen Honors, who at the time was the executive officer, or second-in-command, of the Enterprise. He recently took command of the carrier, winning one of the most coveted assignments in the U.S. Navy, which has only 11 aircraft carriers.

Honors is shown cursing along with other members of his staff in an attempt to demonstrate humor, according to videos. There are also anti-gay slurs, simulated sex acts, and what appear to be two female sailors in a shower together.

The investigation was ordered Friday by Adm. John Harvey, the four-star head of the Navy's Fleet Forces Command, after the videos were detailed in The Virginian-Pilot. The paper also posted a link to some of the material, but edited it so that expletives were censored and some identities of junior Navy crew were disguised.

CNN left a message for Honors on Saturday. The Virginian-Pilot said he did not respond to requests for comment.

The Navy issued a statement Saturday, saying in part "production of videos, like the ones produced four to five years ago on USS Enterprise and now being written about in the Virginian-Pilot, were not acceptable then and are still not acceptable in today's Navy. The Navy does not endorse or condone these kinds of actions."

The statement also said, "U.S. Fleet Forces Command has initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the production of these videos; however, it would be inappropriate to comment any further on the specifics of the investigation."

But the Saturday statement was an about-face from the initial military statement to the newspaper. In that statement, the Navy said the videos were "not created with the intent to offend anyone. The videos were intended to be humorous skits focusing the crew's attention on specific issues such as port visits, traffic safety, water conservation, ship cleanliness, etc."

Sims said senior officers had not yet seen the videos when they issued the first statement. It was after viewing them that the investigation was ordered, he said.

When the videos first came to light the "leadership" of the Enterprise was "directed" to make certain future videos were appropriate, the Navy said. Sims said he was not aware if Honors was ever reprimanded. In the videos, Honors repeatedly jokes that his superior officers were unaware of the content of the videos and "they should absolutely not be held accountable."

The Virginian-Pilot says the videos were shown over the ship's internal broadcast system to its nearly 6,000 crew.

(End of story. My comments follow.)

You would think after the Tailhook incident every senior officer in the canoe club would know better. Evidently not.

This comes at a very bad time. With the ending of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" you can bet there will be too many politically ambitious members of the Navy's top brass looking to score points with the gay crowd.

It's almost certain this Captain will be publicly crucified, IMO he's brought it upon himself so I've little sympathy for the man.

The fallout from this will last years (did it ever stop from the Tailhook incident?).



WomanHonorThyself said...

who knows in this PC climate we live in..sheesh. HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND!!..xxoo

ABNPOPPA said...

Ouch! That hurt didn't it Subvet. Imagine, sailors doing funny off color things. Oh MY!

Little too close to home my friend?



sig94 said...

Yup, rank is no guarantee of brains.

Subvet said...

WHT, thanks a and a Happy New Year to you also.

Subvet said...

Sig94, nope. None at all.

ignorant redneck said...

Oh Crap! Put about a 1000 young people on a ship, for months, and they're gonna find a way to keep entertained, and it prbably won't be pretty. But a field grade (I don't know what the navy calls them) officer should, even if stupid, know better. This stuff always gets out!

Oddly though, the Women we had in the 82d--well, you wouldn't want to see them in the shower!

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