Navy Makes Removal of Enterprise's Capt. Owen Honors Permanent


In a video obtained by the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, Owens is seen griping about individuals who complained about the offensive content in the skits. The paper also reported that official complaints to leaders at the time were brushed aside. A new admiral who took over command of the Enterprise Strike Group in February 2007 had their production halted.

Supporters Say Rauncy Videos Show Care for Rank and File

Though critics have vilified Honors for his derogatory references to gay men and women, objectification of women and crude humor, the captain's supporters said the videos' attempts at humor show how much he cared for the rank and file. On Facebook, sailors who have served under Honors' command have almost uniformly defended his character in postings on the USS Enterprise's page.

"We all looked forward to those videos from Honors while under way," wrote one sailor.

"I too was on that deployment. Capt. Honors brought up our morale and provided well-needed and appreciated comic relief. We were under way for long durations, supporting two theaters of war simultaneously. He brought many smiles to a worn out and tired crew. I can easily say that all of the crew, ship's company and air wing embarked, appreciated the videos," wrote another.

That dedication from his sailors doesn't surprise those who know him.

"Those who served under him love him" Carroll said.

Owen P. Honors Jr. was born 49 years ago in Syracuse, N.Y. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1983 with a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering. Two years later, in 1985, he was designated a naval aviator.

He went on to fly F-14 fighter jets and attended Top Gun, formally known as the U.S. Naval Fighter Weapons School. Honors was selected to attend Test Pilot School, from which he graduated in 1990.

Early on, however, Honors experienced firsthand how dangerous being a test pilot could be.

A Navy/Mcdonnell Douglas T-45A test plane that Honors was attempting to land June 4, 1992, veered immediately to the left after touchdown and ran off the concrete runway. According to an Aviation Week and Space Technology article at the time, he couldn't avoid hitting a truck, and two men parked nearby were ejected before the plane hit an old building. The plane's right wing tip, nose gear and part of the landing gear were shorn off, but according to the article, Honors escaped safely.

Honors' official bio also ticked off a significant list of accomplishments in the air; He logged more than 3,400 flight hours in 31 types of planes; made more than 700 landings on 15 different carriers; and took part in 85 combat missions in three conflict zones. Honors has received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and other prestigious recognitions of service.

He earned a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College before assuming a string of posts. He attended aviation nuclear officer training and commanded the USS Mount Whitney, which put him on the path toward his current command of the USS Enterprise, where he was one of 11 people to command an aircraft carrier in the United States Navy.

A 2002 profile of Honors in the Post-Standard, his hometown newspaper, when he held the rank of commander and led an F-14 flight squadron aboard the USS John C Stennis aircraft carrier, painted a picture of an officer more willing to talk about his fellow sailors than himself.

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