Closing arguments to begin in lewd Navy video case

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 4:14 AM
Closing arguments to begin in lewd Navy video case

A Navy board will hear closing arguments as to why the former commander of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier who produced raunchy videos aboard the USS Enterprise should be allowed to stay in the Navy.

Capt. Owen P. Honors is facing a board of inquiry Wednesday in Norfolk, Va. He was relieved of command in January after media reports about the videos surfaced. The videos included simulated same-sex shower scenes, anti-gay slurs and references to prostitution in foreign ports.

Honors says the videos were made to improve morale while teaching important shipboard lessons. He says he never would have made them if he'd anticipated the public furor they caused years later. He helped produce and appeared in the videos that aired on the ship between 2005 and 2007.