My review of the investigation is complete; I have taken final actions based on the report’s findings and forwarded my recommendations to the Chief of Naval Operations for additional actions to be taken by the Secretary of the Navy.
To summarize what has taken place to date, I was informed of the existence of the videos on 1 January and immediately directed a JAGMAN investigation. On 4 January, I detached CAPT Honors for cause from command of ENTERPRISE based on the indisputable facts of his involvement in the videos. A complete and deliberate investigation was conducted into every aspect of the production and viewing of the videos to determine who was involved, to what degree they were involved, who in the chain-of-command actually saw the videos and, after viewing them, what action was or was not taken. The investigation was completed on 4 February and forwarded to me for review and action.
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. ENTERPRISE’s Executive Officers, as well as other officers and senior enlisted sailors, were prominently depicted in these videos, acting crudely or in sexually suggestive ways. The investigation further confirmed that CAPT Honors did in fact receive complaints regarding the content of the videos shown during “XO Movie Night”, but deliberately chose not to change or alter his inappropriate behavior. In fact, over time, the productions spiraled downward with increasingly offensive content.
CAPT Honors’ conduct and the actions, or lack thereof, by his immediate superiors during that period, were not in keeping with our core values and the standards we expect of officers in the United States Navy.
The statement I made to the media today (below) includes the specific actions I took based on facts uncovered by the investigation. I encourage you to read my statement in its entirety to understand the reasons behind my decisions.
I’ve also included a link to the P4 message I transmitted to ENTERPRISE this afternoon to inform her crew of the results of the investigation and my actions.
Today, ENTERPRISE is forward deployed and combat ready, carrying out her assigned missions.
All the best, JCHjr
Click here to read my P4 message to ENTERPRISE
ADMIRAL JOHN C. HARVEY, JR
STATEMENT ON ENTERPRISE VIDEO INVESTIGATION FINDINGS
3 MARCH 2011
GOOD AFTERNOON AND THANK YOU FOR COMING TODAY.
I AM ADMIRAL JOHN HARVEY, COMMANDER OF U.S. FLEET FORCES. I AM HERE TODAY TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRODUCTION AND BROADCAST OF INAPPROPRIATE VIDEOS ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE.
THAT INVESTIGATION IS NOW COMPLETE. I HAVE REVIEWED IT, TAKEN IMMEDIATE ACTIONS BASED ON ITS FINDINGS, AND FORWARDED TO THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.
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.
ENTERPRISE’S EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, AS WELL AS OTHER OFFICERS AND SENIOR ENLISTED SAILORS, WERE PROMINENTLY DEPICTED IN THESE VIDEOS, ACTING CRUDELY OR IN SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE WAYS.
THE INVESTIGATION CONCLUDED THAT THE PRODUCTION AND BROADCAST OF THESE VIDEOS REPRESENTED A SIGNIFICANT DEPARTURE FROM EXPECTED STANDARDS OF PERSONAL BEHAVIOR AND PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP IN THE NAVY.
IN ADDITION THE INVESTIGATION CONFIRMED THE PROFOUND LACK OF JUDGMENT ON THE PART OF CAPT HONORS, THEN SERVING AS EXECUTIVE OFFICER ON USS ENTERPRISE.
THE BEHAVIOR EXHIBITED DURING THESE “XO MOVIE NIGHT” VIDEOS VIOLATES LONG-STANDING NORMS OF EXEMPLARY CONDUCT REQUIRED OF ALL NAVAL OFFICERS BY PUBLIC LAW AND U.S. NAVY REGULATIONS.
TO DOCUMENT THE RESPONSIBILITY AND ASSURE PROPER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THESE VIOLATIONS OF EXPECTED STANDARDS OF PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR, I HAVE TAKEN THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:
• I HAVE FORWARDED TO THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS MY RECOMMENDATION THAT THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY ISSUE SECRETARIAL LETTERS OF CENSURE TO THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS:
- CAPTAIN OWEN HONORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF ENTERPRISE FOR THE PERIOD JULY 2005 TO SEPTEMBER 2007;
- CAPTAIN JOHN DIXON, EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF ENTERPRISE FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 2007 TO JUNE 2009;
- REAR ADMIRAL LAWRENCE RICE, COMMANDING OFFICER OF ENTERPRISE FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 2005 TO MAY 2007;
- REAR ADMIRAL RON HORTON, COMMANDING OFFICER OF ENTERPRISE FOR THE PERIOD MAY 2007 TO MAY 2010
• I HAVE ALSO REQUESTED THAT A COPY OF THE INVESTIGATION, ALONG WITH A COPY OF MY ENDORSEMENT, BE PLACED IN EACH OF THESE OFFICERS’ PERMANENT MILITARY RECORD.
• I HAVE ISSUED NON-PUNITIVE LETTERS OF CAUTION TO REAR ADMIRAL RAYMOND SPICER AND VICE ADMIRAL DANIEL HOLLOWAY, THE STRIKE GROUP COMMANDERS EMBARKED IN ENTERPRISE DURING THE SHIP’S 2006 AND 2007 DEPLOYMENTS, AND I HAVE ALSO REQUESTED THAT A COPY OF THE INVESTIGATION, ALONG WITH A COPY OF MY ENDORSEMENT, BE PLACED IN EACH OFFICER’S PERMANENT MILITARY RECORD.
• I HAVE COUNSELED REAR ADMIRAL GREGORY NOSAL AND REAR ADMIRAL CLIFFORD SHARPE, THE CARRIER AIR WING COMMANDER AND DESTROYER SQUADRON COMMODORE EMBARKED IN ENTERPRISE DURING THE SHIP’S 2006 DEPLOYMENT
• I HAVE ISSUED NON-PUNITIVE LETTERS OF CAUTION TO 32 OFFICERS AND SAILORS WHO DEMONSTRATED DEFICIENCIES IN PERSONAL BEHAVIOR OR PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT RELATED TO THE PRODUCTION AND BROADCAST OF THESE VIDEOS.
IT IS FAIR TO ASK HOW THIS SERIES OF EVENTS COULD HAPPEN OVER SUCH AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME WITHOUT THE KEY LEADERS ABOARD ENTERPRISE TAKING APPROPRIATE ACTION.
THE INVESTIGATION DETERMINED THE PROBLEM STEMMED FROM THE FACT THAT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF ENTERPRISE, THE OFFICERS PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSISTING THE COMMANDING OFFICER IN MAINTAINING GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE AND ENSURING EXEMPLARY CONDUCT, WERE THEMSELVES THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM.
VULGAR LANGUAGE, INSENSITIVE AND SEXUALLY-TINGED ATTEMPTS AT HUMOR SUCH AS THAT DISPLAYED IN THE ENTERPRISE VIDEOS IS NOW AN EVERYDAY PART OF OUR POPULAR CULTURE AND ENDLESS EXAMPLES CAN BE FOUND ON CABLE TELEVISION AND IN THE MOVIES.
RECOGNIZING THIS FACT OF LIFE, SOME HAVE QUESTIONED THE ACTIONS I HAVE TAKEN THUS FAR AND HAVE ALSO CHARACTERIZED THE VIDEOS AS HARMLESS ATTEMPTS TO RAISE CREW MORALE DURING A PERIOD OF DEMANDING OPERATIONS.
I CANNOT DISAGREE MORE STRONGLY!
NAVY LEADERS ARE NOT POPULAR ENTERTAINERS, BUT PROFESSIONALS VESTED WITH EXTRAORDINARY MILITARY AUTHORITY WHO MUST BE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD AND MAINTAIN THEIR CREDIBILITY IN THE EYES OF THEIR SUBORDINATES UNDER THE MOST DIFFICULT, EVEN POSSIBLY LIFE-THREATENING, CIRCUMSTANCES.
POOR JUDGMENT AND BEHAVIOR THAT UNDERMINES THAT CREDIBILITY THREATENS GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE AND, OVER TIME, JEOPARDIZES THE CREW’S FAITH IN ITS LEADERSHIP. THAT MEANS WE CANNOT SIMPLY IGNORE ACTIONS SUCH AS THE PRODUCTION OF THESE VIDEOS THAT CLEARLY CALL INTO QUESTION A NAVY LEADER’S JUDGMENT, CHARACTER, AND FITNESS TO COMMAND.
TO BE TRUE TO OUR NAVY’S CORE VALUES OF HONOR, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT, OUR LEADERS ARE REQUIRED TO ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF OUR PEOPLE, SHOW RESPECT TOWARD ALL, AND TREAT EACH INDIVIDUAL WITH DIGNITY.
THOSE INVOLVED IN THE PRODUCTION OF THESE VIDEOS AND THOSE THAT DID NOT TAKE SUFFICIENT ACTION TO STOP THEM FROM BEING PRODUCED DID NOT MEET THAT HIGH STANDARD.
OUR SAILORS ARE TRULY REMARKABLE INDIVIDUALS, THE FINEST YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OUR COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER, AND THEY DESERVE PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP. THESE EVENTS ON ENTERPRISE WERE UNFORTUNATE AND AN ABERRATION.
FORTUNATELY, OUR NAVY IS A LEARNING ORGANIZATION, AND THE SIGNIFICANT LESSONS LEARNED (AND RE-LEARNED) FROM THIS INVESTIGATION ARE ALREADY BEING STUDIED, DISCUSSED AND INCORPORATED INTO APPROPRIATE LEADERSHIP TRAINING CURRICULA.