NORFOLK, Va. — Videos just coming to light show the crew of a Navy aircraft carrier got an eyeful on shipboard TV: Gay slurs, suggestive shower scenes and mimicked masturbation in clips made not by some sailor run amok but by the ship’s second-most powerful officer.
The Navy said Sunday it will investigate the “clearly inappropriate” videos shown through the nuclear-powered ship’s closed-circuit television system as part of an onboard movie night. The star of the videos, made in 2006 and 2007, is Capt. Owen Honors, who now commands the USS Enterprise but was its executive officer — the second in command — when the videos were made.
The Norfolk-based Enterprise was deployed in the Middle East at the time the videos were made and is weeks from deploying again.
The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported on the videos in its Sunday editions and posted an edited version of one video on its website.
It’s not immediately known why the images are surfacing now. The Virginian-Pilot quoted anonymous crew members who said they raised concerns , but they were brushed off.
But a former crew member who says she saw the videos while serving praised Honors as “the best the Navy has to offer” and said the skits were welcome entertainment onboard.
“It’s no worse then anything you’d see on ‘Saturday Night Live’ or ‘The Family Guy,’ ” said Houston native Misty Davis, who worked on the Enterprise’s weapons systems during her 2006-2010 tour.
It’s clear from the videos that Honors, who took over the ship’s command in May, had already gotten complaints when some of them were made. Navy Cmdr. Chris Sims said U.S. Fleet Forces Command “has initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the production of these videos.”