‘Twerking’ scantily-clad dancers overshadow ceremony for navy’s new warship

Controversy is raging across Australia after dancers staged an "inappropriate" routine to celebrate the commissioning of a new warship.

Seven dancers in gym knickers and crop tops twerked to Wiley’s Sean Paul collaboration Boasty as various dignitaries looked awkwardly on.

Governor-General of Australia David Hurley and Defence Force chief Angus Campbell looked distinctly uncomfortable during the performance to celebrate the launch of HMAS Supply.

Australian politicians are furious about the unconventional ceremony, which also featured a tribute to the late Prince Philip.

Speaking to ABC News, Liberal backbencher Phillip Thompson expressed his disappointment over the display that some politicians have described as a "s***show".

He said: "Standards in the ADF, and definitely when commissioning a ship, should be a little bit higher than that.

"We’ve got the CDF, we’ve got members of Parliament there, and the Governor-General’s there, I don’t think it’s appropriate to be twerking."

Another Aussie politician, speaking anonymously to ABC, added: "The dancers are beside the point — we’re meant to be a fighting force."

They went on: "A question worth pondering, what would Horatio Nelson think of this s***show?"

HMAS Supply was laid down on 18 November 2017 and then launched at the Navantia Shipyards in Ferrol, Spain on 24 November 2018. She was accepted by the Department of Defence on 8 January this year and commissioned on April 10.

She’s one of two new ships intended to carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support for the deployed naval or combat forces operating far from the port on the high seas for longer periods.

While HMAS Supply is also expected to serve a humanitarian role in future operations, Andrew Hastie, Australia’s assistant defence minister has stressed that the military’s "core business" would always be the "application of lethal violence".

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