In return for those favours, the US officers would leak him classified information.Some even altered Navy fleet movements, so Francis's company would be in pole position for the US Navy's business.Emails filed in the US prosecutions show Francis paid bribes in cash and kind."Leonard Francis was literally almost every day trying to work out favours or gifts or bribes for US Navy officers — and some from Australia and other countries," Whitlock said."He would pay for US Navy officers sometimes to have these orgies in the fanciest hotels in some parts of South-East Asia.Those in the web — other officers on the Blue Ridge — called themselves names like 'the familia' and 'the Wolfpack'.According to the indictment, within two months of arriving, Alex Gillett was one of the pack.The ADF declined to confirm that the former officer is under investigation — or whether he has yet been interviewed by police.Leonard Glenn Francis lived up to his nickname — weighing in about 160 kilograms.
The Blue Ridge is the command headquarters for the United States' 7th Fleet, which operates across the western Pacific and Indian Oceans.
A single seven-day stay could net GDMA $US2 million.
The company also controlled facilities at a number of ports, including Phuket and Laem Chabang in Thailand, along with Kota Kinabalu and Port Klang in Malaysia.
A Malaysian-born Singaporean, his GDMA ship husbanding company operated across South-East Asia and was extremely lucrative.
GDMA billed the US Navy millions of dollars per year.