Lieutenant Frank Peng is the Deputy Marine Engineering Officer on board HMAS Warramunga on his first nine month operational deployment to the Middle East.
After migrating from China with his parents when he was 18 years old, Lieutenant Peng lived in Fitzroy and began his engineering studies at Monash University before deciding on a career in the Navy.
“The adjustment from China to Australia was difficult at first but the country of Australia is beautiful and so are the people who live here.
“I quickly learnt that I could be anything I desired if I was willing to work for it.
“Mechanical Engineering has always been a passion of mine, and the goal of working on one of Australia’s warships was something I began to strive for,” he said.
Lieutenant Peng had a taste of what was to come as he had previously served on HMAS Sydney while conducting Operation RESOLUTE, as well as completing a lengthy deployment on Warramunga last year working with foreign navies during Exercises RIMPAC, KAKADU and BERSAMA LIMA.
On the back of these exercises, Lieutenant Peng along with Warramunga’s ships company went straight into the extensive training and preparation required prior to deploying from Australia.
“The crew of HMAS Warramunga have been working extremely hard over the last twelve months to prepare the ship for our deployment to the Middle East.
“I couldn’t ask for a better crew to work with aboard Warramunga.
“Every member of my team is very professional and hard working and they take pride in all aspects of their jobs.
“As an Officer I try to set an example of a good work ethic, and I’m constantly learning from the junior and senior members of the Marine Engineering team I work with,” he said.
During this deployment Lieutenant Peng will be separated from his wife and two young children.
“Leaving my loved ones for such a long period of time was extremely hard as they are such an important part of my life.
“However, knowing that they are extremely proud of me and the work I will be doing on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy and my country is something that will last our lifetime,” he said.
Warramunga has replaced HMAS Newcastle serving on Operation MANITOU as Australia’s contribution to the Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East region.