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Navy Video Probed

The U.S. Navy is navigating a wave of controversy over questionable videos starring a senior officer on board the aircraft carrier U.S. S. Enterprise that were made public as the crew prepares to deploy to Afghanistan.

The videos were made during 2006 and 2007 during combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and broadcast on the ships closed circuit television channel during "movie nights".

Video spoofs are often used by service members looking to ease tensions and pressure in the war zone, but rarely feature a senior officer. The risqué, profanity laced videos included suggestive scenes and derogatory comments about gays and lesbians.

The Navy has launched a full investigation and issued a written statement condemning the videos which says in part: Those in command "are charged to lead by example and are held accountable for setting the proper tone and upholding the standards of honor, courage and commitment."

An overwhelming majority of comments on the ship's Facebook page support the then executive officer, now commanding officer of the Enterprise, Captain O. N. Honors.

Former Enterprise sailor Corey Van Kirk says the skits were wildly popular with a majority of the crew.

Former Fighter Pilot Lt. Carey Lohrenz admits errors were made by Capt. Honors, but she is not sure about the severity of those mistakes.

"At the end of the day we need to let the Navy work through this process and figure out where the facts are in this," she says.

The Enterprise is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan within the next couple of weeks.

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