Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday said allegations that Australian sailors competed with each other in an alleged "sex game" to bed their female colleagues for cash prizes are "disturbing" and asked the Navy chief to investigate the matter.
The Navy has confirmed four members on board 'HMAS Success' -- the Navy's largest vessel -- were removed from the ship in Singapore in May after female crew members complained about the alleged sex game, ABC news said.
"These alleged behaviours are disturbing but it's important to get to the facts of it all," it quoted Rudd as saying.
The sailors reportedly put a cash value on each woman's head. They dared one another to have sex in strange place, like the top of a pool table and more money was on offer if a sailor could sleep with a female officer or a lesbian.
Details of their sex contest were kept in a book they called 'The Ledger.'
Rudd said appropriate action will be taken if the claims are substantiated.
"We'll await the investigations by the chief of Navy to establish all those facts," Rudd said.
Yesterday Deputy Prime Minister Gillard also called for an investigation into the matter so that women did not feel excluded from serving their country.