Admiral says submariners involved in recording of female officers face 'significant' penalties

The admiral in charge of the Navy's submarine force says sailors involved in the secret recording of female officers will face "significant penalties."

A dozen sailors are under investigation in the scandal aboard the Georgia-based USS Wyoming, one of the first American submarines assigned to have female officers.

The videos were recorded in a changing area used by male and female officers. Vice Adm. Michael Connor says in an interview with The Associated Press that the biggest concern is that it took about a year for authorities to learn of the recordings even though they had been shared among sailors.

Connor said during a talk at a Groton, Connecticut, veterans' hall earlier Thursday that what some might have considered a prank was a serious sexual offense.

The Navy reversed a ban on women serving aboard submarines in 2010.