FEEDING THE TROOPS: Seaman Peta Large is helping prepare 2000 meals a day for Defence Forces personnel helping out after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
FEEDING THE TROOPS: Seaman Peta Large is helping prepare 2000 meals a day for Defence Forces personnel helping out after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. ABIS Dove Smithett

Gatton sailor helps out in the Philippines

GATTON'S Peta Large is doing her duty for her country in the typhoon-devastated Philippines.

Peta, 19, is a sailor on Navy ship HMAS Tobruk, which is spearheading the Australian Defence Force's response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan on Leyte Island.

The former Lockyer District High School student is a cook on Tobruk, where she helps to prepare 2000 meals every day.

The food Peta prepares gives her shipmates and Australian Army engineers the energy and enthusiasm to clean up and repair Filipino schools devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Peta was happy to help the people of the Philippines hit by the typhoon.

"It is important that we offer our assistance and resources when natural disasters like this happen in the region," Peta said.

"I feel quite lucky to be involved in this humanitarian assistance operation, because I am a new sailor and this is my first deployment."

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 involved in tasks including road-clearing and quick-impact tasks such as debris clean-up.


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