USFF Relieves USS Enterprise Commanding Officer

Story Number: NNS110104-07Release Date: 1/4/2011 2:59:00 PM
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From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command (USFFC), has permanently relieved Capt. Owen Honors of his duties as commanding officer of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) for demonstrating poor judgment while serving as 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," said Harvey.

"The foundation of our success in the Navy lies in our ability to gain and hold the trust of our Sailors,
including through personal example. This responsibility is so important that it is written into Navy Regulations. When confidence and trust are lost in those who lead, we fail. After personally reviewing
the videos created while serving as executive officer, I have lost confidence in Capt. Honors' ability to lead effectively, and he is being held accountable for poor judgment and the inappropriate actions demonstrated in the videos that were created while he served as executive officer on Enterprise," said Harvey.

"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 follow. Our leaders must be above reproach and our Sailors deserve nothing less," said Harvey.

Capt. Dee Mewbourne will be permanently assigned as the commanding officer of Enterprise. Mewbourne most recently commanded USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and while in command he completed two successful combat deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Mewbourne is currently serving as the chief of staff for Navy Cyber Forces and will assume command of Enterprise this afternoon.

"We will support and work with Capt. Mewbourne and the crew of Enterprise to keep them forward focused on their upcoming combat deployment. This is a difficult situation but the men and women of Enterprise are outstanding Sailors who have completed a very challenging and comprehensive predeployment work-up period in a thoroughly professional manner. They are well-trained, and I have full confidence in their readiness to execute all missions during their deployment," said Harvey.

The relief of Honors occurs as the investigation continues into the inappropriate videos that Honors
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 the actions they took in response. Honors has been reassigned to administrative duties at Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.

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1/12/2011 12:26:00 PM
The foolishness of relieving Capt. Honors for something that was done years ago, was well known by his chain of command, and to which he had not been admonished at that time for, was nothing more than a knee-jerk political correctness action on the part of the Navy, and only shows how the U.S. military has gone from being a group of warriors, to a group of politicians. And Lord knows, we don't need any more of those! No "Bravo Zulus" for this one, admiral!

1/11/2011 3:43:00 PM
I saw the video and I have seen and experienced worse during my eight years in the Navy. I personally think the video is being taken out of context since so few people have ever joined any of the branches and therefore do not know what deployment is like. So, I understand where the video is coming from. However, I will say that this is a direct result to the sense of entitlement and privilege that is allowed to develop amongst Navy senior non-commissioned officers and officers. It was only a matter of time.

1/11/2011 12:06:00 AM
As a high school teacher, shouldn't you push less opinion and deliver truth so that student's can decide what they want to do for themselves? Suffice to say that the Navy took the proper course in removing this Sailor from his position, but I hardly think that it speaks for an entire military branch, nor the entire military at all. As long as the Navy and yes, teachers of all trades alike, continue to teach and battle ignorance, we can counter these issues; the Navy does not tolerate these crimes.

1/9/2011 9:09:00 PM
To Adm.John C.Harvey Jr. You were wrong to Relieved Capt.Honors.It is Sad that we let a few people tell us what we can and can not Do or Say.I am glad that myself and my Son are not in the NAVY at this time.The NAVY has Changed and Not for the Good. Thank You Orvel W.Witt
1/13/2011 -- Response From NewsStand Staff
For your consideration: Respectfully, Navy News Staff

1/8/2011 12:44:00 PM
While these videos were being broadcast throughout the ship, where were the commanding officer, carrier strike group commander and other brass? Seems to me that this incident not only calls into question the leadership and judgement of Capt. Honors, but also his immediate chain of command.

1/7/2011 8:05:00 AM
Quick, decisive, appropriate action for the immediate problem. Now, who thought decided to overlook these videos and continue him in the path for command in the first place? And, where was the chief petty officer community? This is a systemic failure of leadership. V/R ETCS Enterprise Crew '96 - '00

1/7/2011 1:49:00 AM
Relieving Capt. Honors is wrong on so many levels. The crew (officer and enlisted) had no problem with it. The commanding officer and the admiral commanding the strike group didn't object either. I've seen raunchier stuff on Comedy Central and Saturday Night Live. If you read the comments supporting Capt. Honors on Facebook you will see how off the mark you are. I think people will work harder for a commanding officer that allows the crew to blow of a little steam.

1/6/2011 4:44:00 PM
It is appalling that this one officer could do so much damage to the image of the United States of America just because he is bored. I am but only one person but I feel strongly that Commander Honor’s actions were nothing short of “conduct unbecoming an officer.” Honor is his name but where is his.

1/6/2011 3:24:00 PM
As a high school teacher and a former Navy veteran of a foreign war, I have always advised my students that joining the Navy, is the best choice if they wish to enlist in the military. That will not be happening again. I will now advise students and other young persons to avoid joining the military. I am completely disgusted by the actions taken toward Capt. Owen Honors, also a veteran.

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