Honors maintained that his senior leaders were aware of the videos and had approved of their content. The prospect of disciplinary action against the admirals was raised when Harvey broadened the investigation to look at whether Honors' superiors were aware of the videos and their content.
Rear Adm. Larry Rice, one of the ship's captains when the videos were made, put in paperwork for retirement in February, but that process was placed on hold pending the results of the investigation.
The change in command of the USS Enterprise prompted by Honors' departure took place just weeks before the ship was to embark on a deployment to the Middle East. Since then, the carrier has played a role the response to the kidnapping of four Americans by Somali pirates and has been mentioned as a potential player in enforcing a possible no-fly zone over Libya.