Probe Into USS Enterprise Videos Includes Higher-Ups

By PAULINE JELINEK
|  Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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Probe Into USS Enterprise Videos Includes Higher-Ups

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In this undated photo released by the U.S. Navy, Navy Capt. Owen Honors is shown in an official portrait. The top officer aboard a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier broadcast to his crew a series of profanity-laced comedy sketches in which he uses gay slurs, mimics masturbation and opens the shower curtain on women pretending to bathe together, a newspaper reported. The Virginian-Pilot reported in its Sunday editions that Capt. Honors appeared in the videos in 2006 and 2007 while he was the USS Enterprise's second-ranking officer, and showed them across the ship on closed-circuit television. He took over as the ship's commander in May. (AP Photo/US Navy)

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Defense officials said investigators will likely question those who served as Capt. Owen Honors' superior officers at the time he was making a series of lewd videos aboard a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

The Navy relieved Honors of command of the Norfolk, Va.-based USS Enterprise on Tuesday, days after the videos surfaced. Honors was second in command of the warship in 2006 and 2007, when he produced, starred in and showed the satirical videos, which included slurs against gays and suggestive shower scenes.

The Pentagon officials said Wednesday that investigators could potentially question two of the Enterprise's top commanders from 2006-2007, and two commanders of the strike group the carrier sailed with during that period.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

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