The U.S. Navy permanently relieved Capt. Owen Honors of his duties as commanding officer of the USS Enterprise Tuesday, following his broadcast of sexually suggestive videos taken aboard the ship.
Adm. John Harvey Jr., commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said in a statement that Honors demonstrated "poor judgment while serving as an executive officer of that ship."
"The responsibility of the Commanding Officer for his or her command is absolute. While Capt. Honors' performance as commanding officer of USS Enterprise has been without incident, his profound lack of good judgment and professionalism while previously serving as executive officer on Enterprise calls into question his character and completely undermines his credibility to continue to serve effectively in command," Harvey's statement said.
Harvey said he has lost confidence in Honors' ability to lead effectively. He said an investigation would continue to look into the production of the videos and probe the actions of other senior officers.
Honors has been reassigned to administrative duties as Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. Capt. Dee Mewbourne will be permanently assigned as the commanding officer of the Enterprise, the statement said.
The action came after revelations of an investigation into a series of raunchy videos made and shown on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in 2006 and 2007.
The videos featured two female Navy officers showering together aboard the aircraft carrier, sailors in drag, anti-gay slurs and a scene implying that an officer was having sex with a donkey.
The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, which broke the story, said several sailors who were assigned to the Enterprise revealed the tapes were shown roughly once a week on closed-circuit, ship-wide television.
Honors could be asked to leave the service pending the results of a longer investigation, Navy officials told Fox News.