Peta Large from Gatton in Queensland is doing her duty for her country in the typhoon devastated Philippines.
Peta, 19, is a sailor onboard the Navy ship, HMAS Tobruk, which is spear-heading the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
The former student from Lockyer District High School is a cook onboard Tobruk, where she helps to prepare more than 2000 meals per day for hungry sailors and soldiers.
The food Peta prepares gives her shipmates and Australian Army engineers the energy and enthusiasm to clean up and repair Filipino schools that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
Peta said it was important for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to help the people of the Philippines, “because it is important that we offer our assistance and resources when natural disasters like this happen in the region.”
“I feel quite lucky to be involved in this humanitarian assistance operation, because I am a new sailor and this is my first deployment,” she said.
Peta said she joined the Navy because of the opportunities to travel, as well as the career challenges and rewards.
“You get to see things and places you wouldn’t normally get to see,” she said.
Peta is one of 500 ADF personnel deployed in support of Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST who have commenced a range of tasks including road clearing and quick impact tasks such as debris clean-up in public areas.
Peta arrived on 26 November onboard Tobruk and immediately commenced recovery support operations in the Ormoc region of Leyte Island to assist the Philippines government repair the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
Tobruk is part of Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST, the ADF’s response to Typhoon Haiyan following a request for support from the Philippines Government and commitment from the Australian Government to provide assistance.