‘Bizarre’ video shows dancers twerking at the commissioning of a new Australian naval vessel in Sydney
An awkward moment when a group of scantily clad beret dancers twerk and spin for baffled military top buyer at the launch of a new $ 2 BILLION naval vessel HMAS Supply in Sydney
- A group of scantily clad twerks has launched a new naval vessel
- The ceremony was attended by the Governor General and the Chief of the Navy
- A liberal backbencher and former soldier called the dance ‘inappropriate’
A group of baffled officials didn’t know where to look when a group of scantily clad dancers approached them in celebrations to mark the official launch of a new $ 2 billion naval vessel.
The commissioning of HMAS Supply at Woolloomooloo, Sydney was attended by top Naval instruments including Chief Michael Joseph Noonan and Governor General David Hurley.
Chief of the Defense Force Angus Campbell was also part of the audience.
But not everyone enjoyed the daring dance moves that marked the ship’s launch.
A Liberal MP condemned the decision to have the unusual dance performed, and the choice of entertainment was met with bewilderment on social media.
New naval vessel HMAS Supply has been launched by a group of scantily clad women twerking (pictured) at Sydney’s Woolloomooloo
Governor General David Hurley (photo, front in spectacles) was seated in the front and center of the ceremony
Videos from the event show seven women doing a choreographed routine while wearing black shorts and red crop tops and berets.
Former soldier and Liberal MP Phillip Thompson told the US ABC the entertainment was not suitable for the occasion, which took place on a Saturday.
“Standards in the ADF, especially when commissioning a ship, should be slightly higher than that,” he said.
“We have the CDF, we have MPs there and the Governor General is there, I don’t think it is appropriate to twerk.”
It is not known whether the entertainers were paid by the Navy.
The $ HMAS Supply vessel company will be on the top decks at the completion of its commissioning ceremony (pictured Saturday)
The launch was attended by officials including the Governor General and the Chief of the Navy
Some social media commentators agreed that the dance move was too suggestive for an official government event.
“It doesn’t matter who the girls are, this is not appropriate,” said one person.
‘At a time when we are promoting women’s rights not to be objectified, there are other dance moves that would be fun and equally energetic.’
Other commentators found the incident “bizarre.”
“I wouldn’t believe you if the HMAS Supply banner wasn’t visible in the background. This is… too strange, ”said one.
“It’s an interpretive dance, telling the story that the Navy has no budget to make the proper entertainment for the launch of this ship after spending all their money on submarines,” another joked.
Defense said the dance was organized as an attempt to ‘get in touch with the local community’
Governor General David Hurley (pictured) is seen at the ceremony for the new $ 2 billion boat on Saturday
A defense spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the dance was organized to engage with the local community and preceded the formal part of the ceremony.
“HMAS Supply and the Royal Australian Navy are committed to working with Australians from all backgrounds in actively supporting local charities and community groups,” they said.
“The dance was performed before the commencement of commissioning formalities and before the arrival of His Excellency the Governor General, the Chief of the Navy and the Commander of the Australian Fleet.”
The main role of the HMAS Supply is to provide support to naval combat units. The vessel is now being tested.
What is the HMAS supply used for?
HMAS Supply is the lead ship of two Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessels currently being built for the Royal Australian Navy by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.
The Australian Supply Class ships are based on the Spanish Navy’s Cantabria Class design.
The ships are intended to carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support to the deployed naval or combat forces operating on the high seas for extended periods of time far from port.
In addition to replenishment, the ships can be used to combat environmental pollution at sea, provide logistical support to the armed forces and to support humanitarian and disaster response operations following a natural disaster.
Source: Australian Navy