Thursday, March 3, 2011

Enterprise Video Investigation Findings Released

The Navy's Web site reports that Admiral John C. Harvey, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, "has completed a review, taken all immediate actions and forwarded recommendations to the chief of naval operations for additional actions to be taken by the secretary of the Navy concerning the findings of the investigation ordered" into the infamous USS Enterprise videos. According to the press release, "the investigation documented that at least 25 videos containing inappropriate scenes were produced and shown to the crew of Enterprise from October 2005 to December 2007." The press release goes on to say that the "investigation concluded that the production and broadcast of these videos represent a significant departure from expected standards of personal behavior and professional leadership in the Navy." The finding also confirmed a "profound lack of judgment on the part of Capt. Owen Honors."

Here is some of the fallout:

To document the responsibility and assure proper accountability for these violations of expected standards of personal and professional behavior, Harvey took the following actions:

• Forwarded to the chief of naval operations a recommendation that the secretary of the Navy issues Secretarial Letters of Censure to the following officers:
- Capt. Owen Honors, Executive Officer of Enterprise for the period July 2005 to September 2007;
- Capt. John Dixon, Executive Officer of Enterprise for the period September 2007 to June 2009;
- Rear Adm. Lawrence Rice, Commanding Officer of Enterprise for the period January 2005 to May 2007;
- Rear Adm. Ron Horton, Commanding Officer of Enterprise for the period May 2007 to May 2010
- Harvey has further requested that a copy of this investigation, as well as his endorsement, be entered into each of these officers' permanent military records.

• Issued non-punitive letters of caution to Rear Adm. Raymond Spicer and Vice Adm. Daniel Holloway, the strike group commanders, embarked in Enterprise during the ship's 2006 and 2007 deployments. Harvey has further requested that a copy of this investigation, as well as his endorsement, be entered into their permanent military records.

• Counseled Rear Adm. Gregory Nosal and Rear Adm. Clifford Sharpe, the carrier air wing commander and destroyer squadron commodore, embarked in Enterprise during the ship's 2006 deployment.

• Issued non-punitive letters of caution to 32 officers, senior enlisted Sailors and Sailors who demonstrated deficiencies in personal behavior or professional judgment related to the production and broadcast of these videos.