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More bawdy shipboard videos tied to Navy commander who was fired

More bawdy shipboard videos made by a Navy officer surfaced Wednesday, a day after he was fired from command of his aircraft carrier.

The Navy Times, which posted the videos on its website, said that it received them anonymously in the mail. They appear to come from the same 2006-07 period as the ones that got Capt. Owen P. Honors Jr. demoted from commander of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise to the desk job he reported to Wednesday.

The earlier videos included anti-gay slurs, sailors of both genders in shower scenes, and salty language. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk first made those public last weekend.

Honors has not spoken publicly about the videos. The new ones include a scene in which he talks to an officer he identifies as a staffer for the admiral in charge of the Enterprise carrier strike group.

That staffer's involvement could contradict Honors' disclaimer in all the videos that senior officers were unaware. The Navy is investigating what other officers might have known.

Navy officials declined to identify those being questioned in the probe. But several defense officials, who all spoke on condition of anonymity, said that investigators could potentially question two of the Enterprise's top commanders from 2006-07 and two commanders of the strike group the carrier sailed with during that period.

Rear Adm. Lawrence S. Rice commanded the Enterprise from December 2004 to May 2007, and Rear Adm. Ronald Horton commanded the ship from mid-May 2007 to May 2010. Rear Adm. Raymond A. Spicer commanded the Enterprise strike group from August 2005 to February 2007 and Vice Adm. Daniel P. Holloway commanded the strike group from February 2007 to August 2008.

Honors also acknowledged that the taped skits meant as entertainment for the carrier crew had drawn some complaints. He was executive officer, or second in command, at the time and advanced to commander of the ship this year.

Adm. John C. Harvey, commander of Fleet Forces, on Tuesday relieved Honors from the command of the Enterprise for his "profound lack of good judgment and professionalism" in recording the videos.

Some of the more recently released videos were made during the Enterprise's deployment to the Persian Gulf, where it went twice during the height of the Iraq War.

In one, Honors is shown surveying crew members to get their ideas on how he can spice up his videos after complaints that they've lost their edge. He uses a profane term to express that sentiment.

One crew member suggests he pose in a thong, while another suggests more sexual images.

The next image shows what looks like Honors' head superimposed atop a picture of Sacha Baron Cohen's thong-wearing "Borat" character flanked by women in bathing suits.

Crew members who served with Honors have rushed to his defense, saying he used the raunchy videos to also deliver serious lessons to crew members on ship's operations.

The military has said that it called for a stop to the videos at the time but has not explained why it only reprimanded Honors three years later.

The Enterprise is scheduled to leave this month for a deployment to support U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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