Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) July 08, 2009 -- Further disciplinary action could be taken by the Australian government over alleged claim that its sailors played sex games over who could sleep with the most number of female crew members. Sailors supposedly competed against each other for cash prize.
Crews on board HMAS Success placed a cash assessment on each lady's head, according to Channel Seven news. It has now been verified that four members of the navy, thought to be the originators of the sex games, were disembarked from the ship in Singapore, in May, after some of the female crew made complaints about the assumed sex games. The offenders were formally interviewed before leaving the ship in Singapore.
The report said that sleeping with a female officer, or a lesbian, or having sex in a strange place, collected higher points and won extra cash. It was during an overseas operation in May that the alleged games were played. It is thought the sailors made a record of their accomplishments in a book known as The Ledger.
The Defense Ministry would not reveal how many of crew were implicated in the games, except to say several concerns mentioned by female sailors were "now subject to formal investigation".
Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd says "These hidden behaviours are disappointing however itâs vital to get to the facts of it all".
"I want an entire investigation, so women do not feel banned from serving their nation", says Ms Julia Gillard, the Deputy Prime Minister. "As a country we have been saying for a long time we recruit men and women to be capable to join the Army, the Navy and the Air Force along with good careers in it. Obviously the complaints need to be investigated".
Navy chief Vice Admiral Russ Crane said it was through an equity and diversity health check that several concerns were raised by the female crew. These complaints have become the focus point of a formal inquiry.
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