NORFOLK (AP) -- A Navy board is hearing verbal arguments as to why the former commander of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier who produced raunchy videos aboard the USS Enterprise should be allowed to stay in the Navy.

Capt. Owen P. Honors is facing a board of inquiry on Tuesday. He was relieved of command in January after media reports about the videos surfaced. The videos included simulated shower scenes, anti-gay slurs and references to prostitution in foreign ports.

Honors contends the videos were made to improve morale while teaching important shipboard lessons. He was the aircraft carrier's No. 2 officer when he helped produce and appeared in the series of videos that aired on the ship's closed-circuit TV station between October 2005 and December 2007.

Honors' former boss, Rear Adm. Lawrence Rice, told the boardTuesday that Honors was the best executive officer he ever had.

Counsel for Honors has already submitted written comments.

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