Captain Honors Relieved of Command
While Capt. Honors’ performance as commanding officer of USS Enterprise has been without incident, his profound lack of good judgment and professionalism while previously serving as executive officer on Enterprise calls into question his character and completely undermines his credibility to continue to serve effectively in command.
The Admiral did not explain how the videos from 2007 would undermine Honors’ command of the Enterprise in 2011, but did not undermine his command of the USS Mount Whitney in the intervening years, as when he delivered aid to Georgia after its war with Russia. (Some groups are claiming earlier ‘inaction’ on the Navy’s part may be a negative indicator of the institution’s culture.)
The Navy Times published more videos here, some of which are literally the standard fare public service announcements. Some of Honors’ videos were distasteful and unprofessional, and, as the Navy said,
It is fact that as naval officers we are held to a higher standard…
Notably, however, there have been no indications, at least publicly, that Honors’ command culture was anything but respectful and professional. It is possible that his command climate mirrored his videos, but unlike some other Navy officers, there has yet to be any mainstream public criticism of his actual leadership. In fact, the opposite has been true.
Think Honors’ firing, or that of others around him, will change that?