What Happens On WestPac Stays On WestPac...
... unless it makes CNN. The CO of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is being investigated by the Navy for videos shown on shipwide CCTV when he was XO of the ship during deployments to the IO and Arabian Gulf in 2006 and 2007. Excerpts:
"The videos were intended to be humorous skits focusing the crew's attention on specific issues such as port visits, traffic safety, water conservation, ship cleanliness, etc.," the Navy said in a statement to the newspaper.The original article, including video, from the Virginian-Pilot is here.
Navy Cmdr. Chris Sims said in a statement sent to The Associated Press that the videos "were not acceptable then and are not acceptable in today's Navy."...
...Next comes a sequence of what appear to be outtakes in which Honors and others curse. Honors observes that comedians who performed on the ship always got laughs when they used "the f-bomb." After that, Honors and others are shown making hand motions that mimic masturbation.
Honors segues to the next segment by saying, "Finally let's get to my favorite topic ... chicks in the shower." Next are shown clips of pairs of women and a pair of men pretending to shower together. No nudity is shown, but the men's and women's bare shoulders imply they are nude. It's not immediately known why the videos are surfacing now. The Virginian-Pilot quoted anonymous crew members who said they raised concerns aboard the ship about the videos when they aired, but they were brushed off.
What do you think? Too offensive? Or a reasonable attempt to entertain and inform the crew of a warship in a war zone?