NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr. relieved Capt. Owen Honors from his command of the USS Enterprise for producing and showing raunchy videos to the crew of the aircraft carrier several years ago.
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Text of Admiral Harvey's statement:
A few minutes ago, I permanently relieved Capt. Owen Honors of his duties as commanding officer of USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) for demonstrating exceptionally poor judgment while serving as executive officer of that ship, from 2006-2007.
While Capt. Honors' performance as commanding officer of ENTERPRISE has been without incident, his profound lack of good judgment and professionalism while previously serving as executive officer in ENTERPRISE calls into question his character and undermines his credibility to continue to serve effectively in command.After personally reviewing the videos Capt. Honors created while serving as executive officer, I have lost confidence in his ability to lead effectively, and he is being held accountable for the poor judgment and inappropriate actions repeatedly demonstrated in those videos.
It is fact that as naval officers we are held to a higher standard. Those in command must exemplify the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment which we expect our Sailors to embrace. Our leaders must be above reproach and our Sailors deserve nothing less.Capt. Dee Mewbourne will be permanently assigned as the new commanding officer of ENTERPRISE. Capt. Mewbourne most recently commanded USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and while in command he completed two successful combat deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Capt. Mewbourne is currently serving as the Chief of Staff for Navy Cyber Forces - he will assume command of ENTERPRISE later this afternoon.
Capt. Dee Mewbourne knows what has to be done, and I have full confidence in his ability to lead the Sailors of ENTERPRISE as they deserve to be led, and must be led, on their upcoming deployment. My paramount concern now lies with keeping the ENTERPRISE crew properly focused on their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This is certainly a difficult time for the crew and their families, but they have proven themselves in a thoroughly professional manner throughout their workup cycle and are ready to go. I have full confidence in their abilities and their readiness to execute all missions during the deployment under Capt. Mewbourne's leadership.
The permanent relief of Capt. Honors does not end the investigation into the inappropriate videos that he made while serving as ENTERPRISE's executive officer from 2006-2007. The investigation will continue to look at all aspects of the production of the videos, to include the actions of other senior officers who knew of the videos and what they did or did not do in response. Capt. Honors has been reassigned to administrative duties with the Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic.
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