Capt. Owen Honors, the Navy commander who made a series of videos rife with anti-gay slurs and mock masturbation, will be temporarily relieved of his command of the USS Enterprise, NBC News reports.
Honors made the videos a few years ago, when he was second in command of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. They were publicized this weekend by the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, prompting an investigation by the Navy.According to NBC, Honors, a 25-year veteran who has flown 85 combat missions, will be relieved of his command during the investigation. The Enterprise is due to deploy this month to provide support for the Afghanistan War.
The Navy said in a statement that when higher-ups found out about the videos in 2007, they pulled the plug on Honors’ “XO Movie Night” but did not, apparently, punish the commander. The service now says the “inappropriate” videos warrant an investigation.
Late update: NBC and other outlets are reporting that Honors may be permanently relieved of command of the Enterprise. The Navy is due to hold a press conference announcing its decision at 2 p.m. ET today.