HMAS Success – warship’s culture of sex, grog and drugs
The first question is, why are we surprised?
A CULTURE of drug, alcohol and sexual abuse existed on board the supply ship HMAS Success but there was no sex ledger, an inquiry heard yesterday. The culture extended to male and female sailors celebrating Anzac Day by having sex on a pool table in a Chinese bar as other sailors cheered.According to the ship’s captain, Commander Simon Brown, the incident was captured on video. It also emerged that a fifth sailor from the Success was put ashore in Hong Kong for having sex with a female sailor on the ship’s pool table. There is a strict no-touching and no-fraternisation policy on all navy vessels. The crew allegedly used the warship’s “goodwill” cruise of Asia between March and June 2009 as a drunken holiday, culminating in the smashing up of a bar in Manila.
Apart from the name of the ship, there seems to be several things wrong here.
Remember the acrimonious debates about women serving in the forces on active duty, and in confined spaces for weeks at sea. This behaviour is certainly appalling, but are we so blinded by feminist theory that no-one could have forseen it?
If the navy can’ t control drugs and excessive alcohol on their ships and bad behaviour on shore, what do they think a “no touching and no fraternising policy” is going to achieve when they add a few girls on board.