A series of raunchy videos created and distributed aboard an aircraft carrier have been taken out of context, a former female Navy pilot said today.
"I think it's unfortunate," Lt. Carey Lohrenz said on "Good Morning America". "I would like to think that the people responsible for leading in the Navy wouldn't go forward with videos like this. However, I think it's important to remember this is being taken, to a certain extent, out of context.
"To think this is really a cultural or systemic problem, that there's a leadership problem: I think we need to be careful."
Lohrenz's comments came after the Navy condemned the videos, calling them clearly "inappropriate."
"Production of videos, like the ones produced four to five years ago on USS Enterprise and now being written about in the Virginian-Pilot, were not acceptable then and are not acceptable in today's Navy," U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Cmd. Chris Sims said in a statement after confirming the videos' authenticity.
The Navy is investigating the videos, which feature the ship's then-No.2 officer, Capt. Owen Honors, and other sailors aboard the USS Enterprise using profanity and mocking references to homosexuality.
In the videos, which were produced in 2006 and 2007 and excerpts of which were first obtained and reported by the Norfolk, Va., newspaper the Virginian-Pilot, Honors is seen using gay slurs and mimicking masturbation as he introduces a number of comedic sketches that were broadcast to the ship's nearly 6,000-member crew.
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When the leader of the Enterprise Strike Group at the time, Adm. Daniel Holloway, learned of the videos, he ordered that they be stopped, Sims said. The Navy's investigation is still trying to determine whether Honors faced any reprimand at the time, he added.
Lohrenz said that while she hasn't seen all the videos, the ones she has seen have not convinced her Honors should lose his post as the now-No. 1 commander aboard the Enterprise.
"I think there's certain terminology involved that, in retrospect, I would imagine that Capt. Honors would say was really not a good idea," Lohrenz said. "This is an individual that, by all accounts, has been an exceptional leader, an exceptional aviator. ... We need to proceed very cautiously when we just automatically have a really strong reaction and say, 'Hey, this guy needs to be out of there.'"
In one video, Honors introduces a scene in which two female sailors pretend to wash each other in the shower by saying that "chicks in the shower" was his "favorite topic."
In another scene, male sailors dressed in drag mimic masturbation and, in another, sailors simulate a rectal exam.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that Honors did not return requests for comment. One of the sailors who leaked the videos said he mailed a complaint about them to the Navy's inspector general last week, according to the paper.
The reports come as the Enterprise is preparing to deploy in two weeks.
A senior Navy official told ABC News on the condition of anonymity Sunday that he would not be surprised if the Enterprise sails without Honors.