NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy said Sunday it will investigate "clearly inappropriate" videos broadcast to the crew of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in which a top officer of the ship used gay slurs, mimicked masturbation and opened the shower curtain on women pretending to bathe together.
The star of the videos, made in 2006 and 2007, is a former Top Gun pilot who now commands the same ship, the Norfolk-based USS Enterprise, which was deployed in the Middle East at the time and is weeks from deploying again.
The Virginian-Pilot reported on the videos in its Saturday editions and posted an edited version of one video on its website.
Capt. Owen Honors appeared in the videos while he was executive officer — second in command — and they aired on the Enterprise's closed-circuit television. Honors took over as the ship's commander in May.
It's clear from the videos that Honors had gotten complaints when some of them were made. "Over the years I've gotten several complaints about inappropriate material during these videos, never to me personally but, gutlessly, through other channels," he said in the introduction to the video posted by the newspaper.
In the same segment, Honors uses a derogatory term for gays.
Navy spokesman Cmdr. Chris Sims said in a statement sent to the Associated Press that the videos "were not acceptable then and are not acceptable in today's Navy." Sims said U.S. Fleet Forces Command "has initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the production of these videos."