Former soldier turned politician Jacqui Lambie has criticized the Navy for a ‘shocking’ decision to celebrate a new warship with twerking dancers.
The $ 2 billion HMAS stockpile went live in Woolloomooloo, Sydney last week, facing high-ranking personnel including Governor General David Hurley and Chief of Defense Angus Campbell.
But before the formalities began, the audience was subjected to a modern dance routine by scantily clad women performing raunchy movements, including twerking.
Governor General David Hurley (pictured with glasses) was seated at the front and center of the ceremony
Senator Lambie dismissed the celebration as an “absolute shocker.”
“I thought I was there for a split second watching the Super Bowl, I’ll be honest,” she told Nine’s Today show.
“Whoever made that call, it’s an absolute shocker for heaven’s sake.”
Senator Lambie added: “Good for those young ladies that they went out there, but I’m telling you, being half-dressed outside of a warship is probably inappropriate.
“If that is the lead in our armed forces, then God helps our sons and daughters who serve.”
Another former soldier turned politician, Herbert Philip Thompson LNP member, said the Navy had woken up too much.
“Standards in the ADF, and certainly when a ship is put into service, should be slightly higher than that,” he told the ABC earlier this week.
‘Our automatic document feeder cannot be on the left or right; they must be right in the middle of what their job is, and their job is to defend our nation, our interests, our values, our sovereignty, but also when we operate, have an unapologetic aggression and violence to accomplish the mission . ‘
He added, “We’ve woken up a little over the past few years and we can’t afford to do that.”
Videos from the event show seven women doing a choreographed routine while wearing black shorts and red crop tops and berets.
New naval vessel HMAS Supply has been launched by a group of scantily clad women twerking (pictured) at Sydney’s Woolloomooloo
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.
Others argued that politicians should not worry about it and instead focus on introducing vaccines and getting the nation open again after the Covid-19 pandemic.
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