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Enterprise Update: Navy Expected to Fire Captain Over Videos

The headline and the following are from the Wall Street Journal:

"The Navy is expected to remove the commander of the USS Enterprise from his post after bawdy videos in which he denigrated gays and made other vulgar references became public, a defense official said.

The Navy announced it was investigating Capt. Owen Honors, the Enterprise commander, after a newspaper published excerpts of videos he recorded in 2006 and 2007. In the videos, which were broadcast over the ship's television system, he simulates masturbation, jokes about women taking showers and uses offensive terms for gays.

Commander Chris Sims, a spokesman for Navy Fleet Forces, said "no decision has been made" on whether to discipline Capt. Honors or temporarily relieve him of duty. But the defense official said it was all but final that Capt. Honors would be relieved of command as early as Tuesday, and that the Navy will continue its investigation of the videos."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704723104576061694061891176.html

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gdiamante

Asked by gdiamante at 12:09 PM on Jan. 4, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Good.
    CraftingMama

    Answer by CraftingMama at 12:10 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • I just heard that he is officially suspended-

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:11 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • I saw a report on this on tv and they showed the videos. Disgraceful. What was he thinking? Hard to imagine that he would use such poor judgement.
    SweetLuci

    Answer by SweetLuci at 12:12 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • I'm glad. Hopefully this will send a message out....
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 12:12 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Wonder why he is just not being fired? The Navy knew about these videos before he was promoted and told them to stop making them. Seems odd they would fire him now when they could have fired him a couple of years ago. Navy is trying to save face at this point but it is too little to late.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:19 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • He blew it, when he allowed the incident to be FILMED.


     Hopefully this will send a message out.... IMO, this is exactly what they are doing.


     I know a civilian worker who was in charge of a command who made a similar gaffe while on duty. While all the participants in the debacle were reprimanded, this man, the Captain, was fired-again, message sent. This man was an exemplary employee prior to this incident. Further, it affected his entire life- lost his home, his wife, his family and the bulk of his assets.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:20 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • now*
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:20 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Seems odd they would fire him now when they could have fired him a couple of years ago


     Government entity- assuaging public outrage-

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:21 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • I know a civilian worker who was in charge of a command who made a similar gaffe while on duty. While all the participants in the debacle were reprimanded, this man, the Captain, was fired-again, message sent. This man was an exemplary employee prior to this incident. Further, it affected his entire life- lost his home, his wife, his family and the bulk of his assets.

    You sound almost giddy his life was destroyed. I personally don't think people should lose it all over one mistake yet I am the heartless one because I am a conservative.lol
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:21 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Just want to point out that relieving him from command is not the same as being "Fired" which would equate to a military discharge. He'll still be in the Navy but no longer Captain of the USS Enterprise and he'll probably receive a reduction in rate and be receive reduced pay for an undisclosed period of time.(Suspension) Not to mention receive a counseling chit in regards to his evaluations.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:22 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

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