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XO Movie Night investigation to be detailed

Mar. 2, 2011 - 04:54PM   |   Last Updated: Mar. 2, 2011 - 04:54PM  |  
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NORFOLK, Va. — The findings of a Fleet Forces Command investigation into the controversial XO Movie Night videos made and broadcast aboard the carrier Enterprise from 2005 to 2007 will be announced Thursday afternoon.

The command announced that Adm. John Harvey will meet with reporters at Naval Station Norfolk beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday to "announce the actions being taken to hold those responsible accountable for their actions."

Only one high-visibility action has been taken to date: On Jan. 4, Harvey fired the carrier's commanding officer, Capt. Owen Honors, "for demonstrating exceptionally poor judgment." Honors, who was the carrier's executive officer when the videos were filmed, had co-produced and starred in the shipboard video skits that used sometimes-racy content to make messages — such as the importance of conserving water — resonate with the crew.

The Fleet Forces investigation looked into "all aspects" of the production of the videos, made from October 2005 to December 2007, to include the actions of senior officers who knew of the videos and what they did or didn't do about them, the command said.

The targets of the investigation have not been named. But based on Harvey's intent, they could include the two former commanders of the carrier and two former strike group commanders — a group that includes four senior officers: Rear Adms. Larry Rice and Ron Horton, retired Rear Adm. Raymond Spicer and Vice Adm. Daniel Holloway.

If Honors' written statement to investigators is correct, at least one other admiral could be in that group: the former commander of Strike Force Training Atlantic during Honors' tour as Enterprise XO, Rear Adm. Richard O'Hanlon, who stepped down Feb. 25 as commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic.

In addition, a source close to the investigation told Navy Times that the probe widened to include much lower-ranking officers who were in a position to provide legal or public affairs advice to their superiors, or to hear complaints of offended sailors who may have wanted to avoid other official channels — all of whom, Honors said, were aware of the videos. This group includes the staff judge advocates, public affairs officers and chaplains who were assigned to Enterprise from 2005 to 2007, and possibly others.

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